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By Christopher Cadelago | December 25, 2009
A last-minute push from firefighters and the community helped the Family Service Agency of Burbank meet a record demand from families in need of holiday toys, officials reported. Firefighters in the days leading up to Christmas Eve dropped off more than 1,000 action figures, dolls and board games, filling a room inside the agency’s Burbank Boulevard office to the ceiling. In all, about 2,000 toys awaited the rush of 700 families, organizers said. The toy-store-like scene inside “Santa’s Room” elated Pat Smola, an agency employee who began organizing toy giveaways seven years ago and has done so every year since.
April 11, 2001
Lolita Harper SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Night had fallen. The sky was getting dark, but the small boy still could not find his father. It had been hours since the 5-year-old was dropped off at the Burbank Toys R Us on Sunday, and no one had returned to the store to pick him up. While closing the store around 7 p.m., a Toys R Us employee found the tyke wandering the aisles, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. Unable to find the boy's parents, the manager called the police.
December 9, 2006
Holiday baskets will be delivered to needy The Burbank Coordinating Council is preparing for its Holiday Basket Program on Dec. 16. Volunteers will be delivering food and toys to needy families to brighten their holiday season. The council coordinates with churches, PTAs, individuals and clubs as well as with Burbank Temporary Aid Center, the Salvation Army Burbank Corps and Family Service Agency to see that efforts are not duplicated. Volunteers are needed to help package items beginning at 3 p.m. Friday in the Washington Elementary School Auditorium, 2322 N. Lincoln St. Volunteers are also needed to deliver the baskets and are asked to come beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 16 to the lunch shelter at Washington Elementary School.
December 20, 2006
Spark of Love needs to spark more giving The Burbank Fire Department's Spark of Love toy drive is in need of more donations as Christmas Day approaches. "The facilities we donate to are pretty thin right now," Fire Department Engineer John Freeborn said. "So we're hoping to give them a bump." There are collection sites for the program at CVS Pharmacies in Burbank, as well as at all Burbank Fire Stations, Freeborn said. The toys are donated to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Family Services Agency, which distribute the toys to needy children.
December 12, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Road'ers collect Toys for Tots GLENDALE -- The Road'ers Car Club members will be gathering Toys for Tots at their car show from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Bob's Big Boy, 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Members and guests are asked to bring unwrapped toys that will be donated to needy children. Hot Rod Santa Claus will arrive with a police escort and children can have their pictures taken with him at the show. Admission is free.
By Chris Wiebe | July 4, 2007
Members of the San Fernando/Antelope Valley Chapter of the California Credit Union League employed an unusual tactic for one of their annual community service projects this year. They collected stuffed animals. During a nearly three-month drive, credit union employees brought in more than 175 stuffed toys, or "trauma teddies," which will be given to children to comfort them after traumatic events, said Burbank resident Linda Walmsley, who is on the board of governors for the California Credit Union.
December 25, 1999
Paul Clinton MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- When the holidays roll around and charity requests begin to pour into Warner Bros., they inevitably find their way to Anna Parra's desk. Parra, the studio's community relations representative, gets letters from all over -- Burbank, Minnesota and even countries abroad. The letters deluge her with requests for food, toys, clothing, videos and other Warner Bros. merchandise. Some just ask for money. The studio can't answer all the requests, of course.
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