The Newport Beach Fire Department’s annual Spark of Love toy drive campaign will begin Friday and run through Dec. 24, according to a city statement.
Spark of Love — which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Orange County — combines the efforts of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program as well as the county’s Social Services Agency’s Operation Santa Claus and the St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Charities program. All local fire stations and lifeguard headquarters are drop-off sites for you to bring new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment, and gift cards also are welcome.
“Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys each year to local children who may otherwise go without during the holiday season,” according to a city statement.
The Spark of Love campaign began in 1993 as a partnership with ABC7 and firefighters in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
“Although there are other worthwhile toy drives, Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by firefighters,” the statement said.
Corona del Mar’s fire station is located at 410 Marigold Ave. There also are stations at 868 Santa Barbara Drive, on Balboa Island at 124 Marine Ave. and at 6502 Ridge Park Road in Newport Coast.
Click here to read about last year’s Spark of Love donations by Harbor View Elementary students.