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Jaycees want toys for Santa's Helpers event

Posted: December 3, 2010 2:25 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2010 2:25 p.m.
 

The SCV Jaycees (JCI Santa Clarita) call for toy and money donations for its 12th annual Santa's Helpers event at Ice Station Valencia, set for Saturday, Dec. 18.

Every year the Jaycees host this event to provide Christmas to local families unable to afford the luxuries of gifts and festivities. This year's goal is to help 200 children in need.

The children will have complete use of the Ice Station that night for skating, arts, crafts and food. As a special treat, Santa will deliver extra presents. Both the parents and their children are involved in the event to make for a special and rewarding night.

To prepare for the event, the SCV Jaycees coordinated a toy drive with 100 local businesses who host donation boxes around the community. They also coordinated efforts with other local nonprofit agencies serving children, including the Child & Family Center, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and Single Mothers Outreach, to produce a list of children eligible to receive the toys.

Donation boxes can be found at locations around the valley, including Chick-fil-A, Hyatt Regency Valencia, Santa Clarita Lanes, College of the Canyons and many others.

Contact the Jaycees for a complete list of donation box locations.

To make this event possible, donations and volunteers are needed:

* Toy Donations: Local businesses can request to have a donation box delivered to their offices to collect toys.
* Financial Donations: Financial donations help defray the costs for the event and supplies. Additionally, they allow the SCV Jaycees to purchase gift certificates to places such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Westfield Valencia Town Center for the older children who are often overlooked in the toy drive.

Donations can be made by clicking on the Santa's Helpers Link at scvjaycees.com.

Ice Station Valencia is located at 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia 91355.

About Santa's Helpers:

This signature SCV Jaycees event began in 1998, when the SCV Jaycees decided they wanted to run a one-of-a-kind holiday event that would benefit disadvantaged children in the community. After exploring the many toy drives out there, the SCV Jaycees thought it would be nice to add a personal touch and create an event where the children could have a good time and even meet Santa.

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