Southlanders came out bright and early to help ABC7's resident elf Garth Kemp Stuff-A-Bus full of toys at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, bringing new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment for children.
The event, held from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., is our last Stuff-A-Bus drive of 2012. The event came out on top with 14 buses filled for the year, beating out last year's record by three buses. Last week, generous donors helped stuff a total of 7 1/2 buses in Canoga Park.
By early afternoon, we filled eight buses. We're looking to beat last year's record of nine buses in Anaheim - so come and help us reach our goal!
Curves of Costa Mesa brought 12 bags full of toys so local children can have a special Christmas. Our friends with Kawasaki were also very generous this year, donating piles and piles of toys.
Disney on Ice also donated to the cause. They are offering a free weekday show voucher if you bring in an unwrapped toy to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
Representatives with IAC Industries from Brea not only brought toys, they also donated a check for $500 to help the cause. ESPN LA's Mark Willard also came out and generously donated toys and sporting goods.
DreamWorks brought "How to Train Your Dragon" toys and said they're offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on tickets to the "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" if you bring an unwrapped toy to Stuff-A-Bus.
As always, our friends with JAKKS Pacific brought vans and trucks full of toys to help the cause.
Anaheim City Council members Lucille Kring and Jordan Brandman came out to show their support and donated toys to help Stuff-A-Bus.
You can also text "ABC7" to 80100 to donate $10 to the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The donation will appear on your mobile phone bill.
For 20 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.