Victor Valley – The Victorville California Highway Patrol is looking to the public to help support their annual “CHiPs for Kids” toy drive. It has been a difficult year for many families and the CHP wants to do its part to ensure that all High Desert children have a nice Christmas.
The CHP is collecting new, unwrapped toys that they will distribute to the various agencies in the High Desert that help families who are in need, including the homeless shelter, Catholic Charities and several others.
“All the toys we collect will stay here in the High Desert,” said Officer Joaquin Zubieta, Public Information Officer with the Victorville CHP.
Toy donations that they have received in the past include bicycles, bicycle helmets, skateboards, cars, Barbie dolls, and much more. The kids that do get left out quite a bit are the teenagers because they are so hard to shop for, according to Officer Zubieta. “They are too old for toys. They want to have the cool stuff, or clothes like nice shirts and sweaters, maybe perfume for the girls. So we sometimes have a hard time filling their needs.”
Donations of new, unwrapped items can be dropped off at the CHP office located at 14210 Amargosa Road now through December 21st. In addition, there will be a CHP Officer collecting toys at the Apple Valley Wal-Mart Monday trough Friday from 2:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
“We’re putting a toy box to collect donations in several different locations across the High Desert. We’re hoping that the people that patronize those businesses will be kind enough to drop off a toy every now and then to help our cause,” said Zubieta.
To see a listing of Toy box locations contact the Victorville CHP