Every year, thousands of children experience a Christmas morning with no gifts to open. To help bring joy to children, the Pasadena Fire Department, ABC7 and Southland Firefighters have partnered for eighteen consecutive years of the “Spark of Love Toy Drive”. With the love and support from sponsors and viewers, thousands of children will be able to enjoy a new toy this Holiday season.
This year’s toy drive will run from November 19th thru December 24th. If you’re fortunate enough to give back to your local community, join the Pasadena Fire Department, ABC 7 and Southland Firefighters to make this event a reality. Just drop off a gift at your local fire station. This will also give you an opportunity to meet your local firefighters. If you can’t get to a fire station, visit one of our community partners and use their collection box.
Help ignite the “Spark of Love” this holiday season by donating an unwrapped toy or sports equipment to a needy child. Gift certificates are wonderful for teenagers. If you are interested in participating with the collection of toys or want more information please contact Sean English, Administrative Captain and Community Liaison for the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7201.
The collection sites in Pasadena are:
Pasadena Fire Station 31, 135 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena Fire Station 32, 2424 E Villa St.
Pasadena Fire Station 33, 515 N Lake Ave
Pasadena Fire Station 34, 1360 E Del Mar Blvd.
Pasadena Fire Station 36, 1140 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena Fire Station 37, 3430 E Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena Fire Station 38, 1150 Linda Vista
Pasadena Fire Station 39, 50 Avenue 64
Pasadena Fire Department, 199 S. Los Robles #550
Community Partners (public collection box):
Plaza Las Fuentes
Pasadena Federal Credit Union
CVS Pharmacy (3 in Pasadena)
Honda of Pasadena
First Tee Pasadena (Brookside GC)
Pasadena Central Library
Bob’s Big Boy
Pasadena Water and Power
Suggested Gift Ideas:
Gifts for babies: 0-1 year:
Toys (new), books, crib toys, nested container toys, soft toys, rattles, noisemakers, teething rings, bibs
Gifts for toddlers: 204 years:
Sippy cups, toys (new), blocks (big), butcher paper, crayons, dolls, big wheels, Leggos, purses, Puzzles (big wooden), stuffed animals, bubbles, construction paper, games, glue sticks, playdough, plush toys, sit and ride toys, stickers (non-holiday), pencil holders, books on tape, Dora and Diego toys, Spongebob
Gifts for Children 5-12 years:
Backpacks, Barbie and Ken dolls, books, cars (Matchbox), remote control cars, crayons, markers, coloring books, doctor and nurse sets, board games, models (prepainted, snap), stuffed animals, basketball, nerf ball, purses, camera (disposable), glitter, pedal cars, glue sticks, tempera paint, doll stroller / cart, tea and baking sets, trike / bicycle, paint brushes, Transformers, dolls (multiethnic)
Gifts for teens 13 and up:
Toys (new), art sets, model kits (complete), board games, jewelry and boxes, football / basketball / soccer ball, watches, make up kits, backpacks, movies / videos, disposable camera, diaries, wallets / purses, manicure sets, perfume cologne
Gift certificates to stores that carry teen items:
Target, The Gap, Old Navy, Bath and Body Works, Fashion 21, H&M, Pro Image, No Fear, Pacific Sunwear, Payless, Walmart, Borders, Barnes and Noble, movie tickets, McDonalds, Jamba Juice, Baskin Robbins, Burger King, Carl’s Junior