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FIREFIGHTERS CELEBRATE 22 YEARS OF GIVING WITH SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE JOIN FIREFIGHTERS FOR THE FINAL EVENT THIS FRIDAY AT HONDA CENTER
Anaheim, Calif. (December 16, 2014) Southern California Firefighters and ABC7 are celebrating their 22nd anniversary of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The ABC7 Stuff-A-Bus will host its final event of the season this Friday, December 19 at Honda Center with meteorologist Garth Kemp from 4:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Honda Center located at 2695 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim. The public is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment to be distributed to children in need throughout Southern California. At 4:00 pm, the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association will present toys purchased from funds donated by Disneyland Resort.
“Last year’s event was a record breaking drive, filling 18 buses with toys and bicycles. With the public’s generosity, we hope to fill even more busses this Friday”, said City of Orange Fire Chief Patrick Dibb and president of the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association. The campaign began as a partnership between ABC7 and firefighters throughout five counties including Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura.
The Orange County Toy Collaborative (OCTC) has successfully collected and distributed more than 7.5 million toys over the past two decades in support of Spark of Love and Toys for Tots donation programs. The agencies and organizations involved in this collaborative include: Orange County Fire Chiefs Association; U.S. Marine Corps Reserve-Toys for Tots; Orange County Social Services Agency-Operation Santa Claus; and Society of St. Vincent de Paul Orange County, the Spark of Love Toy Drive, Anaheim Ducks and the Orange County Transportation Authority.
In Orange County, this toy drive combines the efforts with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys forTots program, Social Services Agency’s Operation Santa Claus and the Society of St. Vincent de PaulHoliday Charities program. Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agenciescollect and distribute hundreds of thousands toys annually to Orange County children who may otherwiseto go without during the holiday season. Again, this year fire stations throughout Orange County servedas drop-off sites for these donations.
Orange County Fire Chiefs Association includes the leaders of 11 different fire agencies within the county including Anaheim, Brea, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Orange, and Orange County.