Friday's "Spark of Love" toy drive is part of Winter Wonderland event
RIVERSIDE, CA — December 15, 2011 — Tomorrow, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) invites you to make the holiday season a little brighter for less fortunate children in our region.
On Friday, December 16, RTA will partner with Temecula firefighters and Pennypickle's Workshop (the Temecula Children's Museum) to stuff a trolley with donated toys for children ages 2 to 15. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted from 5 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. at the RTA trolley parked at the museum, 42081 Main Street in Old Town.
The toy drive is part of the museum's annual Winter Wonderland event where children of all ages are invited to play in real snow, visit the Snow Princess, take holiday portraits, make crafts, enjoy games and entertainment, and snack on s'mores and hot cocoa. The annual fundraising event is hosted by The Friends of the Temecula Children's Museum.
The museum's gift shop will provide one free admission pass for each toy purchased at $10 or more and donated to the "Spark of Love" toy drive.
"These donations will bring hope and joy to thousands of local children," said RTA Chairman of the Board Bob Buster. "This is a great opportunity to support your community and help those who need it the most."
The "Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund" was created in 2004 at the California Community Foundation to provide toys or sports equipment for underserved children during the holiday season in Southern California. With help from "Spark of Love Toy Drive" donors, partners and sponsors, more than 500,000 toys were collected last year.
"The spirit of giving has always been a major part of this event, and we are proud to offer this toy drive for another year," said Temecula City Councilman and RTA Board Member Jeff Comerchero. "I expect even greater participation this year as more members of the community get involved."
The Riverside Transit Agency provides public transportation for Western Riverside County, operating 36 fixed routes, 8 commuter routes and Dial-A-Ride service. RTA's service area spans 2,500 square miles, the second largest in the nation. For bus route and schedule information call RTA at (951) 565-5002 or go to www.RiversideTransit.com.