Toy Bank announces 23rd annual Day of Giving
–The Paso Robles Toy Bank, the San Luis Obispo County chapter of Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army unite for the annual Day of Giving on Sat, Dec 16 at the Paso Robles Event Center. This nonprofit community comes together to share the joy of Christmas with local families in need. This year, more than 1300 children residing in Paso Robles, San Miguel, Shandon, Bradley and Heritage Ranch will receive toys, stuffed animals, games, sports balls, arts and crafts supplies, coats, jackets and school supplies.
The Toy Bank partners with Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army to meet the needs of children throughout the community. This year, the Paso Robles Event Center has provided the use of their facility for the Day of Giving. The local Coats for Kids program provides a new or gently used coats, sweatshirts or sweaters for each immediate member of families in need. The Salvation Army provides grocery gift cards for each registered household and gift cards for teens.
More than 100 local businesses have donated money, and placed toy collection boxes at their locations. Toys are brought in to the businesses through company parties, wine pick up parties, and other holiday events. Bill Pluma, a voluteer with the Toy Bank, said, “Ted Whippie, of Team Auto Collision sponsored a car show in San Miguel that brought in approximately $6000 worth of toys.”
Donations of toys, warm clothing and school supplies are accepted throughout the year. There is still a need for more toys and school supplies for this year’s Day of Giving. “We are having a school supply drive because teachers never have enough paper and pencils.” said Pluma.