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Garth the Elf helps Stuff-A-Bus in Cerritos

Residents helped ABC7's Garth Kemp (dressed as a giant elf) Stuff-A-Bus full of toys Friday at Los Cerritos Center.
November 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Here's your chance to make the holidays special for less-fortunate children. Our annual Spark of Love Toy Drive is under way.

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Residents helped ABC7's resident elf Garth Kemp Stuff-A-Bus full of toys at Los Cerritos Center, bringing new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment for less fortunate children.

The Friday event was the second time ABC7 was at Los Cerritos Center for Stuff-A-Bus and the first Stuff-A-Bus of the year.

The toy drive drew a packed crowd with residents streaming in with toys, games, stuffed animals and athletic gear.

Watch all Stuff-A-Bus video clips

Residents of Cerritos and nearby Lakewood woke up bright and early and brought RC cars, Nerf balls, dolls and more.

Macerich, the parent company of Los Cerritos Center, donated $5,000 to the cause. Our friends from Xerox gave a generous donation of $5,000 as well.

Want a sweet treat? Stacked restaurant is offering a coupon for a complimentary ice cream sandwich to those bringing toys to Friday's event.

ABC Unified School District's Maintenance Operations and Transportation department donated bicycles and family board games to the cause.

Also, our friends at JAKKS Pacific, a toy manufacturer, brought a truck brimming with toys to the event.

With the help of such generous donors, Garth and his helpers had stuffed three whole buses and were working on bus No. 4 by early afternoon.

You can also drop off new toys at any CVS/pharmacy or fire station, or donate online.

For 19 years, ABC7 and firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, along with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, have joined forces to run the Spark of Love Toy Drive. This campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for the under served children in our communities.

Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. Last year alone, Spark of Love collected over 500,000 toys within all five counties and we want to top that total this year, so please help the firefighter's ignite a spark of love in a child's heart.


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