March 2018
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Spark of Love Toy Drive Celebrates 25 Years

Celebrating a quarter century of spreading holiday magic in Rancho Cucamonga.

RC Spark Of Love Thank you, Rancho Cucamonga! Because of your generous donation of thousands of toys, Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters shared the Christmas spirit with over 3,000 children in our community during the 25th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Rancho Cucamonga Fire District has been part of the toy drive sponsored by K-ABC7 since it began in 1992. The program continues to grow, helping more children each year with generous donations from community members and local businesses.

Our firefighters can't do it alone, however. Lots of groups partner with the Spark of Love to collect toys. Retail stores, real estate offices, schools, and other businesses host collection boxes throughout the holiday season. Jersey Mike's hosted a fundraiser for the toy drive and employees at our local Sprouts Marketplace sponsored a corporate donation for the toy drive.

Almost 24 non-profit organizations serving Rancho Cucamonga children (such as state preschools, foster care agencies, faith-based outreach groups, etc.) help distribute gifts. Families in need can also sign their children up to receive toys through the six National Community Renaissance apartment complexes, Northtown Community Center, or the RC Family Resource Center.

Filling requests for toys requires lots of helpers. Several church youth groups, sports teams and scout troops volunteer their time packaging up the toys so they are ready for distribution. A special thank you to the Church of Latter Day Saints San Sevaine Ward, Hillside Ward, and Chaffey Ward for continuously helping package the toys for over a decade.

None of this would be possible without the community support we receive each year. Thank you, Rancho Cucamonga, for sharing your holiday spirit and generous hearts with those less fortunate in our community.