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Six Flags Magic Mountain earns recognition

Jay Thomas, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain, accepts 'thank you' from area Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted: February 7, 2009 11:18 p.m.
Updated: February 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A few of the toys collected by Magic Mountain await pickup at the SCV Boys & Girls Club during the holidays.

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Despite a harsh economy, Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Boy & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, made the holiday season much merrier for the children in Southern California. Nearly 15,000 toys were collected by Magic Mountain for children that may have otherwise gone without during the holidays.

"This is our goal, to help those who need the most help," said Jay Thomas, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Thomas was presented with a special thank you Wednesday from the Boys & Girls Club at the Sierra Madre Chapter meeting held at the SCV Boys & Girls Club Newhall facility.

In December Six Flags Magic Mountain, along with the help of KCAL NEWS 5 and UPS, offered California residents free entry to Magic Mountain if they brought a new and unwrapped toy.

"This was just a great way for us to offer our customers a chance to celebrate the holiday season at our park, but to also be able to give our customers a chance to participate in the season of giving, and they gave a whole lot," Thomas said.

The toys were collected at the theme park, then organized in at the Newhall facility of the SCV Boys & Girls Club where UPS would then pick up and deliver the toys to the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club.

The new toys were donated to more than 35 different Boys & Girls Clubs and charities. Any remaining toys were donated to the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

Terrie Schneider, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club in Fontana, said the toys were given to children at holiday parties hosted by the different Boys & Girls Clubs.

"Some of the children wouldn't open their gift at our holiday parties. They wanted to save it for Christmas day because for many of them these donated toys were the only gifts they would get for Christmas," Schneider said.

The SCV Boys & Girls Club serves more than 3,000 children in the Santa Clarita Valley at clubhouses in Canyon Country and Newhall, as well as a satellite facility in Val Verde.

The SCV Boys & Girls Club Foundation hosts an annual fundraising auction in June, golf tournament in August and Festival of the Trees in November.

For more information about the SCV Boys & Girls Club call (661) 254-2582 or visit www.scvboysandgirlsclub.org.

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