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.
September 18, 2012
When Cathy Jaramillo, 42, was laid off three years ago after a 14-year career in finance, she opted to stay home and take care of her two children instead of hunting for another job. Unemployment freed up her schedule for some major house-cleaning. She rummaged through her attic and gathered nearly 500 toys and pieces of clothing - many of which were brand new or barely used by her now-9- and 12-year-old children - that had just been sitting in bags and boxes in her Burbank home. It would've been too much of a hassle to post every item on Craigslist or eBay, she said, so she was thrilled last spring when she discovered the L.A. Kids Consignment Sale, a twice-yearly sale held in Burbank, Pasadena, Santa Clarita and Torrance.
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.
December 6, 2013
Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday - rain or shine - for the mayor's annual tree-lighting ceremony, along with a host of other kid-friendly activities in downtown Burbank. At the event, the Burbank Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and sporting goods for local needy children. The toys will be distributed through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Family Service Agency. “Everything we collect in town stays in town,” said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson, adding that officials will be collecting toys through Christmas Eve. The tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall, located at 275 E. Olive Ave. Afterward, a number of activities will be offered, including performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater and Circus Vargas at the Rink, the temporary ice-skating rink that has taken over the parking lot behind City Hall, city officials said.
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.