AVTA toy drive a huge success!

Lucy Salas and Gail Charles-Wright volunteered at AVTA’s toy bagging party Wednesday.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority held a toy bagging party Wednesday to pass out more than 1,500 children’s items that were collected through AVTA’s Stuff-a-Bus toy drive.

Dozens of volunteers, representing five local charities, gathered to celebrate the event’s success, which was the result of a partnership between the valley’s major non-profits, AVTA, and the valley’s business community.

The Stuff-a-Bus toy drive brought in $20,000 worth of toys and clothing.

The Stuff-a-Bus toy drive brought in $20,000 worth of toys and clothing for less fortunate children this holiday season.

“The generosity of Antelope Valley residents never ceases to amaze all of us,” said Board Chairman Norm Hickling. “Many children are going to have a much brighter holiday season thanks to the selfless efforts of so many volunteers and to the big hearts of those who live in our community.”

The bagging party began after a few remarks from Chairman Hickling and Executive Director Julie Austin.

Steve Baker addressed those in attendance at the toy bagging party.

Grace Resource Center Executive Director Steve Baker also addressed those in attendance, remarking on how important community partnerships are for non-profits.

“There is a tremendous need in the Antelope Valley,” stated Baker.  “We are thankful our community steps up to the challenge.”

The toys were donated to Grace Resource Center, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services of Palmdale, Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley, Children’s Bureau, and the Child and Family Guidance Center.

Local businesses donated nearly $10,000 to the toy drive, enabling AVTA’s staff to purchase items on the charities’ wish lists. The community donated another $10,000 worth of toys and clothing, one donation at a time.

AVTA’s major business sponsors were Walmart, Granite Construction, Checkered Flag Plumbing, High Desert Broadcasting, AV Mall, and Veolia Transportation.