Weather didn’t dampen holiday spirit of annual toy drive |

Weather didn’t dampen holiday spirit of annual toy drive

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor even snow could stop the Roamin' Angels' toy drive!

After 6 inches of overnight snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures, the Angels met bright and early in the snow-covered Kmart parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 7, for their 24th annual toy drive. In spite of the weather, people from as far away as Auburn and Marysville drove by to drop off donations. Some stayed so their children could visit Santa Claus and have a doughnut, hotdog or popcorn. There was Christmas music, as well as a balloon artist and great raffles.

The cold, wet weather could not dampen the festivities as people gave over 450 toys, blankets and jackets to families in need. The Roamin' Angels want to thank this community, especially the Nevada County Veterans Honor Guard, B&C Home Center, Balloon & Circus Entertainment, Kmart, Kynoch Elementary School, Old Barn Self Storage, Real Graphic Source, Riebe's Auto Parts, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital's Emergency Department and the SPD Market in Grass Valley. Without their generous support there could be no Toy Drive.

As Santa packed up his sleigh, he said, "I'll be back next year for the 25th annual Toy Drive. Happy Christmas to all and to all a goodbye."

Ron Cherry

Nevada City

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