Locally, firefighters will collect the toys and take them to the
Burbank Temporary Aid Center for distribution to needy Burbank
"It's basically to help children who, unfortunately, don't have
access to toys this year and bring Christmas to them," Burbank
Firefighter Kelly Chulick said. "Plus, it makes us feel good in
giving back to the community. It boils down to the look in chil-
dren's faces when they receive a gift."
To kick off the drive in Burbank, the MetroLink Toy Train came to
town last week with a holiday show of songs and Santa Claus.
As the station Burbank Regional Intermodel Transit Center on Front
Street was transformed into a village of Santa and his elves, people
brought unwrapped gifts to give to Burbank firefighters.
Burbank has been part of the event for five years, and it's grown
each year. Last year, about $20,000 worth of toys were donated,
Chulick said. Though the drive officially ends Dec. 23, firefighters
will accept toys through Jan. 1.