The Santa Barbara City Fire Department is participating in the annual holiday toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots by collecting toys at each of its eight fire stations. Each of the stations will have a collection box for new, unwrapped toys.
Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, U.S. Marine Corps retired, and a group of Marine Reservists in L.A. collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. Marines have conduced nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.
This year you too can help children by donating a toy to the foundation. Toys can be dropped off anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week at any of the Santa Barbara city fire stations. All toys collected by the fire stations will be distributed by the Unity Shoppe.
Be sure to donate your new toy at one of the following fire stations:
Station 1, 121 W. Carrillo St.
Station 2, 819 Cacique St.
Station 3, 415 E. Sola St.
Station 4, 19 N. Ontare Rd.
Station 5, 2505 Modoc Rd.
Station 6, 1802 Cliff Dr.
Station 7, 2411 Stanwood Dr.
Station 8, 40 Hartley Place