Toy drive to give small fire victims a good holiday.
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Santa Clarita and Skateland
in Northridge are asking for toy donations for the children of families who
lost homes in the recent firestorms that plagued local area residents.
“With Christmas coming so soon, I can’t imagine how so many
people can focus on coming up with money for toys when they are having to try
to replace the necessities,” said Courtney Bourdas-Henn, one of Farrell’s
partners. “I knew we had to do something to help so I contacted Steve Earley,
Skateland’s general manager to help out as a Valley drop off location. We are
hoping people will begin dropping off new or gently used toys starting this
week so we can get them out to the families,” Courtney added.
Beginning Monday, November 17, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour,
located at the Mountasia Fun
Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita, and
Skateland, 18140 Parthenia Street,
Northridge will begin collecting toy donations. Organizers hope that many other
local businesses will join in throughout Southern California
to collect toys for fire victims’ children who lost their homes and now have to
face the upcoming holidays. Most who lost homes lost all of their personal
belongings as well.
In October, 2007 one of Mountasia’s employees lost her home in the fires that
burned many homes in the Santa Clarita area. Mountasia and Skateland held a
fundraisers to help the family.
According to Steve Earley, like many others, he also saw the
tel evision coverage of the fires and said one of the television shots showed
smoldering toys in front of one of the mobile homes that were a complete loss.
He, like Bourdas-Henn wondered how these families were going to be able to cope
with the upcoming holidays after losing everything.
Toys can be dropped off at either location during regular
business hours for the next two weeks. Toys can be new or like new and should
not be wrapped. Both Farrell’s and Skateland will be giving a special gift to
those who drop off toys valued at $10.00 or more.