PALMDALE – The California Highway Patrol is counting on Valley residents to help make Christmas special for underprivileged children.
“We’re asking for your generosity,” said CHP Officer Gilberto Hernandez. “It will put a smile on a child’s face this holiday.”
Hernandez, CHP Captain Steve Urrea, and Junior Miss Antelope Valley Tori Gonzales were at Sam’s Club in Palmdale Thursday morning encouraging residents to take part in the annual CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive.
Now in its 25th year, CHiPS for Kids is an annual effort by the California Highway Patrol to collect toys from the community and distribute them to underprivileged children for Christmas.
“For some of these kids, this may be the only Christmas toys that they get this year,” said Urrea.
“Just to put a smile on their face and give them hope for the New Year will be a great thing to do,” said Gonzales.
Donating to CHiPS for Kids is especially important this year, because requests for toys have more than doubled, Urrea said.
“Last year we had six organizations request toys from us, this year we’ve had 14,” Urrea said. “We’re going to try to reach out to as many organizations as we can to provide them with as many toys as we can, but we’re only as successful as the people in the community.”
Supporting CHiPS for Kids is easy. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to any CHP station or drop-off site by December 23, 2012.
Drop-off sites in the Antelope Valley include:
- Crazy Otto’s (The restaurant is offering a free giant pancake to any customer who donates an unwrapped toy)
- Camacho Auto Sales
- The Antelope Valley Mall
- Sam’s Club
On Sunday, December 16, from 4 to 9 p.m., CHP Officers will be at the Walmarts on Valley Central Way in Lancaster and on 10th Street West in Palmdale in support of the CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive.
“We’re gonna try and fill up a school bus with toys,” said Hernandez, adding that the school bus will be at the Palmdale Walmart.
“If you’re doing any shopping out in the Antelope Valley, either in the Walmart in Lancaster or the Palmdale’s Sam’s Club or Walmart, feel free to stop by and drop anything off for the kids that are not going to be able to have a present,” said Walmart Store Manager Trent Blankensip. “We appreciate your help this holiday.”