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County, Marines team up for annual toy collection

By Gig Conaughton
County of San Diego Communications

Making a child smile. It may just be the best feeling anyone can ever get especially during the holiday season!

And you can get that joyous feeling with a little help from the County and the Marine Corps. All you have to do is drop off a new, unwrapped toy in a Toys for Tots donation box at one of five County airports.

Donation boxes are already out at McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Fallbrook Airpark in Fallbrook, Ramona Airport in Ramona and Borrego Valley Airport in Borrego Springs.

Two of those airports, Fallbrook Airpark and Ramona Airport, will hold special Toys for Tots collection events in December. Uniformed Marines will be on hand to collect your gifts in person. And airport officials also hope to have aircraft displays and classic cars at those events.

The first event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ramona Airport, located at 2450 Montecito Road in Ramona. The second is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the next weekend, Saturday, Dec. 9, at Fallbrook Airpark, located at 2155 Air Park Road in Fallbrook.

Donations will be accepted until 1 p.m., Saturday Dec. 9 at all of the airports except McClellan Palomar. Donations will be accepted at McClellan Palomar through Friday, Dec. 8.

Donations being accepted are new, unwrapped toys, bikes, games, dolls, stuffed animals and other things to play with that will help brighten up a child’s holidays.

All donations will be given out to children in San Diego County communities. Pilots are welcome to fly in to deliver their donations at the airports.

So, get that good holiday feeling! Join the County of San Diego and the U.S. Marine Corps and put smiles on the faces of local kids by dropping off a new toy for a child.
The five airports are located at:
• Borrego Valley Airport:
1820 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs
• Fallbrook Airpark: 2155 Air Park Road, Fallbrook
• Gillespie Field: 1960 Joe Crosson Drive
• McClellan Palomar Airport:
2192 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad
• Ramona Airport: 2450 Montecito Road, Ramona, CA, 92065

For more information, contact the Fallbrook Airpark at (760) 723-8395 or Ramona Airport at (760) 788-3366.

Reprinted courtesy San Diego County Office of Communications.

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