Roamin Angels 30th Annual Toy Drive Saturday |

Roamin Angels 30th Annual Toy Drive Saturday


Who: The Roamin Angels Car Club and Santa Claus

What: 30th Annual Toy Drive; bring a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation

When: Saturday. Dec. 7, 9 a.m to 2 p.m.

Where: K-mart parking lot on McKnight Way, Grass Valley

Why: To provide a Christmas for kids in need

Santa has again called upon the Roamin Angels Car Club to assist him in delivering toys to many needy kids and families here in the Grass Valley area. Since his reindeer are resting up for their long night on Christmas Eve and his sleigh is getting polished, Santa will arrive in an old fire truck, preceded by a convoy of classic cars. He will meet with the Roamin Angel Elves at the Savemart parking lot and cruise down Main Street to Mill Avenue and on to the K-mart parking lot. There the Elves will have hot dogs, chips, popcorn, hot drinks for everyone dropping off new, unwrapped toys, a household necessity such as a blanket or warm coat, or a cash donation.

There will be a raffle for prizes donated by local merchants, surprise music, fun things for the kids, and of course Santa will be there to hear everybody’s Christmas wish. Many classic cars will also be there.

The Nevada County’s All Veterans Honor Guard will salute our flag at 10 a.m. Discount coupons for Big “A” and Round Table Pizza will also be given out.

The Roamin Angels Car Club has been doing this Toy Drive for 30 years now, and works through the Salvation Army to collect these items and get them distributed to as many needy families as we can this holiday season. We are asking the members of our community to come on out, bring a donation, have some refreshments and start your Holiday Season (if you haven’t already!)

I was able to ask Santa a few questions despite his busy schedule (He’s always willing to talk about Christmas).

Santa, “Why so jolly when you have so much to do this time of year?” He laughed and with a twinkle in his eye said; “That’s just it. Because I’m so busy the Roamin Angels are helping out as temporary elves to help me get toys to as many kids as possible. By getting the community involved in this toy drive, my job gets easier.”

“So then, how do these donated toys get to the needy kids?” He took a sip of his hot chocolate, grinned, and said, “All the toys and donations go through the Salvation Army who then makes sure that they go to the families and kids in need.”

I then asked if he would be available for Christmas requests at the toy drive. “Of course,” he said. “That’s one of my favorite things — seeing and hearing the excitement in children’s (and even adults) eyes and voices.”

“This must be a nice break, then, from your usual toy making,” I said. He laughed again and “Yes, I get away from the snow and cold for a while, work with some great people in your community, and…ride in a really cool fire truck!”

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