Donate a toy to the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Annual Toy Drive and listen to an array of holiday music on December 3, 2009 at Power Honda Valencia. To kick off the event, local schools will perform choral and orchestral pieces from 4:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.
Participating Schools include:
• West Ranch High School 4:30-4:45 p.m.
• Hart High School 4:55-5:20 p.m.
• Leona Cox Elementary 5:20-5:45 p.m.
• Monticello Preparatory 5:45-6:10 p.m.
• Sulphur Springs Elementary 6:10-6:35 p.m.
• Canyon High School 6:35-7:00 p.m.
• Golden Valley High School 7:00-7:20 p.m.
Performances start at 4:30 p.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's "Toy Store" concept is unique, in that it offers less fortunate parents the opportunity to be directly involved with "shopping" for their children's toys, rather than just being given a toy. The idea was developed six years ago and has proved to be a great success, allowing these families to directly take part in the true holiday spirit of giving. This concept also offers the parents the flexibility of choosing an age appropriate toy.
Last year's "Toy Store" effort began months before Christmas when vouchers were issued to virtually every school in the Santa Clarita Valley. The vouchers were then given to families who were determined to be in need that holiday season. The families brought their voucher to the "Toy Store" in the days leading up to the holidays, where they were able to "shop" for a gift, have their children visit Santa Claus and then watch as Santa's helpers secretly wrapped the gift to be given to the children on Christmas day.
Several residents, businesses, volunteer organizations, and most school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley donated toys, bicycles, gift cards, money, wrapping paper and time to make the "Toy Store" possible and bring the true spirit of the holidays to those who are less fortunate in the community last year.
See pictures from last year's event: