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Venice Toy Drive Kicks Off

The Venice Neighborhood Council will collect toys until Dec. 6.

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.

mariana November 30, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Toys can also be donated through December 6 at The Cow's End at 34 Washington Boulevard. Please make this holiday a superfantastic one for a Venice neighbor by dropping off a new, unwrapped, nonviolent toy at any of our drop-off locations. The giveaway is only a week away!
mariana December 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The Great Venice Toy Drive Holiday Festival is less than a week away! If you haven't left a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy at one of our drop-off locations--now is the time to do so! Please visit one of our partners by December 6 and look for the bin with our flier: Abbot's Habit, The Cow's End, and, now, for our Rose Corridor friends, Oscar's Cerveteca/Venice Beach Wines. We will also be at the Venice Farmers' Market on December 7. We will be giving the toys away at Oakwood Recreation Center on Saturday December 8 from 10am-2pm. Help is still needed for the event. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact us at VNC_ToyDrive@venicenc.org. If you'd like to lend out a large holiday decoration (fake trees, etc.) for the day, we will happily take that too and return it to you after the event. More than anything, however, we need those toys! Please pitch in in any way possible and help us make December 8 a superfantastic day for Venice kids!
Mariana December 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Hey Venice, approximately 360 children went home with a toy on Saturday at The Great Venice Toy Drive Holiday Festival because of you–a 33% increase from last year. At the festival, Ron’s Thursday Night Soccer Club, one of the many soccer teams that utilizes Oakwood’s fields, treated kids to a snow play area and free photos with Santa inside a wooden sleigh—built by the family of an Oakwood staffmember. In addition to choosing a toy, children were able to choose a free used book from the Venice Library, courtesy of the Friends of Venice Library. Multiple Helpings, the philanthropy arm of the non-profit West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples Club, was also on hand to provide care packages of essential goods to families in need with young children. Throughout the event, families enjoyed lunch provided by Whole Foods, Big Daddy’s Pizza, and community member Oscar Hermosillo–whose tamales were gone in under an hour. Put simply, it was a fantastic day at Oakwood Recreation Center. (Pictures can be seen on the VNC Facebook page.)
Mariana December 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
In addition to the many volunteers, organizers of The Great Venice Toy Drive wish to thank the following persons and entities for their contribution to the event: Abbot's Habit, Big Daddy’s Pizza, Big Lots, City of Los Angeles, Google, Friends of Venice Library, Oscar Hermosillo, Oscar’s Cerveteca, LAFD Spark of Love, Marina Del Rey Garden Center (don't let the name fool you–this place is owned by Venice residents), Mildred Cursh Foundation, Multiple Helpings, Ron’s Thursday Night Soccer Club, Sarah Lovering, Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run, Michael Stenger, The Cow's End, Vanessa Owen, Venice Animo Charter High School, Venice Beach Wines, Venice Library, Venice Farmers' Market, Venice Neighborhood Council, Huy Vu, Joe Wheatley, Whole Foods, and The Union Ice Company.

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