Many City departments host holiday toy and clothing drives. The Club encourages you to be generous by participating.
(As many agencies were finalizing their plans at Alive! press time, please check their social media channels for the most current information.)
West Valley Sanitation
Public Works’ West Valley Sanitation Yard is once again hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive. Drop off your unwrapped toys at the yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge, by Wednesday, Dec. 14, as West Valley donates the toys to the Guadalupe Center the next day.
LAPD North Hollywood
Last year, the North Hollywood Station hosted its first “Winter Wonderland” toy giveaway at Whitsett Park, 6907 Whitsett Ave. Check North Hollywood’s social media closer to the date around Dec. 15. Unwrapped toy donations are requested at the Station, 11640 Burbank Blvd.
LAPD’s Northeast Station has given away up to 1,000 toys per year to area children living in poverty or other challenging situations. Plans for 2022 were not complete at press time. But bring a new, unwrapped toy for 3-to-12-year-old children to the station, 3353 N San Fernando Rd., by Friday, Dec. 9.
LAFD Spark of Love
The LAFD – and many other local fire departments – are collecting for their annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. Drop off unwrapped toys or sports equipment to any LAFD Fire Station, and they’ll take it from there.
This annual event is in its 30th year and includes the “Stuff a Bus” event Dec. 9 at Westfield Topanga & The Village from 4 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
To find your nearest LAFD station: https://www.lafd.org/fire-stations/station-results
To donate online: https://supportlafd.kindful.com/?campaign=1032876
Rec and Parks Venice
Rec and Parks sponsors the 14th annual Muscle Beach toy drive at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk in Venice. A special presentation by Santa and his Elvettes is promised.