29th Celebration of Giving Toy Drive a Success
2017 Celebration of Giving Photo Album
During the 29th Annual Celebration of Giving toy drive campaign, the community donated nearly 33,000 gifts for foster and other at-risk children.
“Many children in our community go without a gift during the holiday season,” said Dr. “Cid” Pinedo. “With the vital support of our donors, we ensured they were not forgotten.”
Twenty six percent of the children living in San Bernardino County live in poverty. Those families use their limited resources for food, shelter, and basic needs. Often, there isn’t enough left over for holiday gifts. “A gift for a child represents the belief that every child deserves our care and support. It sends them the message that they are valued and gives them the confidence to continue on with hope for the future,” says Pinedo.
In order to collect and distribute so many gifts each year, Children’s Fund works with many volunteers and community partners. Spark of Love and the San Bernardino County Fire Department provide truckloads of gifts, and 78 agencies throughout the entire county help distribute them to the children.
Teenagers are often difficult to purchase gifts for, so this year foster children ages 12- to 18-years old received a $25 gift card instead of a toy. Many organizations and individuals donated cash to enable Children’s Fund to supply the nearly $40,000 needed.
If you would like to receive information about how you or your organization can get involved in our next Celebration of Giving campaign, please contact us at 909.379.0000.