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November 17, 2009

Annual Holiday Toy Drive

The YMCA of San Diego County will make the holidays brighter for more than 4,000 deserving children through its annual Holiday Toy Drive. Now through Dec. 12, the YMCA will be accepting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children through the age of 17 at any San Diego County YMCA location.

Donations will largely benefit deserving, low-income youth from Border View, Copley Family, and Jackie Robinson Family YMCAs. In addition, gifts will assist YMCA OZ Shelters that provide both temporary and long-term shelter and support services for youth with the goal of increasing self-sufficiency, positive relationships, academic achievement and personal growth.Toys will also be donated to disadvantaged children at individual branches throughout the county.

“Placing toys in the hands of children who may not receive another during the holiday season fills all YMCAs of San Diego County with a beautiful spirit and an unending goodwill,” said Richard Collato, president and CEO, YMCA of San Diego County. “Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are the four core values of the YMCA. It’s through events and programs like the Toy Drive that we help to instill those values in young people that build healthy spirits, minds and bodies.”

During the month of December, Border View, Copley Family, and Jackie Robinson Family YMCAs will all hold Holiday Toy Give Away Parties for families and children who have been pre-registered to receive a free toy. The events will also include activities like face painting, arts and crafts, raffles and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.

Visit www.ymca.org to find a YMCA or call (858) 292-YMCA (9622).

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