The Venice Neighborhood Council will start collecting new, unwrapped toys starting Monday at various location throughout Venice.
The toys will be distributed to local kids on Dec. 8 at the Oakwood Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a children’s festival where kids up to 16-years-old accompained by a parent or guardian can receive presents on a first-come, first-serve basis. Santa Claus will be available for photos, offering one free photo per child for until 12 p.m. There will also be a moon bounce, arts, crafts and food at the festival.
“Last year, the Great Venice Toy Drive ensured that over 250 Venice children had a toy for the holiday season,” said Mariana Aguilar, one of the toy drive’s team members, in a statement. “This year, with help from sponsors such as Ron’s Thursday Night Soccer Club, we hope to not only provide each child with a toy, but also an incredibly special day.”
Toys can be dropped off at various locations until Dec. 6: Abbot's Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd., the VNC booth at the Venice Farmers’ Market (held Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way), and at the VNC’s Board meeting on Nov. 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Westminster Elementary School, located 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
If you are interested in volunteering at the toy drive, please email VNC_ToyDrive@VeniceNC.org.