Redlands firefighters are taking part in the 20th Anniversary Spark of Love Toy Drive to distribute new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.
The goal for fire agencies in the four-county area is to exceed last year's collection of 500,000 toys, a city spokesman said in a recent announcement.
Those wishing to request toys may contact the following Spark of Love Toy Drive participants:
- Redlands Boys and Girls Club: 1251 Clay St. - (909) 798-4599
- Redlands Family Services: 612 Lawton St. – (909) 793-2673
How to donate
The following locations will have Spark of Love Toy Drive collection boxes:
- City of Redlands Fire Department Administration Office, 35 Cajon St., Suite 12
- All City of Redlands Fire Stations
- Redlands City Clerk's Office, 35 Cajon St., Suite 4
- Redlands Chiropractic, 620 Alabama St.
- Dr. Steven Wilson M.D., 1201 Brookside Ave.
- Stell Coffee & Tea Co., 1580 Barton Road
- City Florist of Redlands, 122 Cajon St.
- JAM Sportswear, 325 Alabama St.
- The Redlands Daily Facts, 700 Brookside Ave.
- Redlands Ford, 1121 W. Colton Ave.
- Don's Bicycles of Redlands, 700 E. Redlands Blvd., Suite B1
- Beeman's Redlands Pharmacy, 255 Terracina Blvd.
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 528 Orange St.
- Starbucks (Citrus Plaza) 27512 W. Lugonia Ave.
Suggested donation items
We get a lot toys for younger children, but are always short on teen and infant items. Here are some suggestions for teen items:
- Cellphone cases
- Razor scooters
- Basketballs, soccer balls and footballs
- Cross-body purses/bags
- Make-up brushes
- Blow dryers
- Flat irons
- Hot iron tools
"Thank you for past support of this wonderful holiday event, and we look forward to another great Christmas this year," Redlands Fire personnel said in a statement.
For more information contact Don Trujillo at the Redlands Fire Department, PO Box 3005, Redlands, CA 92373 or call (909) 798-7600.