Where to give or receive this holiday season

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By Keyshonna Simmons

Spark of Love Toy Drive

The Riverside Fire Department and ABC7 are teaming up for a toy drive running through Dec. 24. To make Christmas special for a child or teenager in Riverside, donate at the Cesar Chavez Community Center at 2060 University Ave., the Stratton Community Center at 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd., or at any other one of the 14 fire stations available for drop-offs in the city. You will have to call your local center to register to receive donations.

Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1-4 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact Jennifer McDowell at 951-602-0812 or JMcdowell@riversideca.gov or Barbara Hunter at 951-826-5737.

Young Angels

The Associated Students of Riverside City College are helping provide toys to children who are registered with the Salvation Army. To donate to a child, fill out this spreadsheet as a secret Santa. Once you have the gift you’ll fill out and print the ornament label and attach it to the outside of the gift and drop it off at 3695 1st St. in Riverside.

Contact deborah.hall@rcc.edu or lisa.schwartz@rcc.edu if you have questions.

The Way World Outreach Christmas Giveaway

The Way World Outreach is hosting its annual Christmas giveaway Dec. 20 at noon at 4680 Hallmark Parkway in San Bernardino. The giveaway consists of spreading love and giving children toys for the Christmas season. 

You can either donate toys at the Hallmark Campus or you can volunteer to help giveaway toys to children on the The Way World Outreach app. Use the app to register your children to receive gifts.

For more information, call 909-884-7117 or email info@twwo.org.

Hemet Outreach Toy Drive

The annual Hemet Toy Drive will be held Dec. 19. It is a great way to connect with the community and put a smile on the face of a child who otherwise would probably no be receiving anything from Santa this year.

Hemet Outreach is seeking either monetary donations or $10 toys. Volunteers will meet up at 7 a.m. for prayer before going out to distribute toys. For more information, call Hemet Outreach at 951-467-5605 or ask for Blanca at 951-692-9640.

Adopt A Family

Jurupa Valley’s Adopt A Family will run through Dec. 20 to help those in need during the holiday season. Donations can be made by check or online at jvadoptafamily.org.

To donate in-person, visit Gifts-In-Kind at Jurupa Valley City Hall or Jurupa Valley Adopt a Family at 8304 Limonite Ave., Suite C in Jurupa Valley. For more information, call 951 530-1693 or email info@jvadoptafamily.org

San Manuel Casino’s Annual Toy Drive

If you are looking to donate to a child in need and receive some free play at the casino this year, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the casino by Dec. 13. You will receive $10 in free play for donating one toy. For two toys donated, you will receive $10 in free play and a $10 voucher for breakfast or lunch at any San Manuel food outlet.

The toy must be worth at least $10 and your receipt must be provided. San Manuel Casino will provide the donations to local nonprofits. For more information, contact the casino’s Guest Services.

Safe Family Justice Centers

The Riverside County Family Justice Center is seeking donations of toys, art supplies, sports equipment, board games, technology, clothing, gift cards and more this holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at, or mailed to, 28910 Pujol St., Temecula, CA, 92590.

For more information, contact Ami Sansweet at 951-587-3900 or info@safefamiliesca.org.

CASA of San Bernardino

Stop by a Starbucks and pick up a gift tag with the wish list of a child in foster care. Return the unwrapped gift to the Starbucks. All gifts must be turned in by Dec. 14.

Participating Starbucks locations in Riverside:

3311 Market St.

Participating Starbucks locations in Redlands:

1055 Parkford Dr.

1755 E. Lugonia Ave.

27512 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite A

275 W. Stuart Ave.

625 E. Redlands Blvd.

Participating Starbucks locations in Loma Linda:

11245 California St., Suite A

25705 Barton Rd.

Participating Starbucks locations in Yucaipa:

31364 Yucaipa Blvd.

34050 Yucaipa Blvd.