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On December 5, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians concluded their Annual Toy Drive having collected more than 3,000 new, unwrapped toys to donate across San Bernardino County.
For the second year in a row, the organization has now gifted toys to Inland Empire families and organizations, including: $25,000 to ABC 7’s “Spark of Love Toy Drive,” to help them continue their part in supporting families and children in need. Additionally, on December 7, San Manuel gifted more than 1,000 toys to the California Highway Patrol’s annual “CHiPs for Kids” toy drive.
This year San Manuel also continued its partnership with the San Bernardino City Unified School District to identify families in need. Those families were invited to “Santa’s Pick A Toy Party” hosted at San Manuel Village on December 7. Parents were able to choose the perfect gift for their children from a selection of over 1,000 toys and San Manuel team members were available to help parents wrap their gifts. While parents shopped, fun activities were provided for kids, like a photo op with Santa, arts and crafts, and a cookie decorating station.
Commenting on the drive’s success, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Lynn Valbuena said, “We feel honored to have once again brought joy to local families during the holiday season with our annual Toy Drive. We hope to have inspired our community to continue helping one another as we head into the new year.”
San Manuel’s Toy Drive was so successful this year, it was able to spread even more joy in the inland region than ever before. On Friday, December 14, the organization donated the remaining toys collected to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.