San Bernardino County Fire

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – Giving season is here and ABC7’s Spark of Love Toy Collection is back to collect toys for underserved children and teens in Southern California. The San Bernardino County Fire is accepting toys through December 24.

“Spark of Love is a program that is run by Channel 7 – they help us with all the supplies and it’s a program that we’ve run for about 25 years,” said San County Fire Engineer Jason McLaughlin. Bernardino, “We help provide toys for the children. Without our help, they might not receive anything for Christmas.

The Spark of Love Toy Drive has collected over 10 million toys. New, unboxed toys and sports equipment can be dropped off at the local fire department. Toys collected in San Bernardino County are distributed locally.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is working in partnership with Children’s Fund to sort and distribute the toys to other local nonprofits.

“A family that has lost everything to unemployment or homelessness – they are just providing for their family’s basic needs,” said Betty Chambers, director of programs for the Children’s Fund. “Being able to offer these families something for every child makes all the difference and relieves the stress on the parent.”

Toys are not provided directly to individuals, and the San Bernardino County Fire Department encourages residents to “partner with a nonprofit organization in their community to request toys.” Local nonprofits can apply to receive toys by completing a Toy Request Form here.

The deadline to submit the toy request is December 2 at midnight.

San Bernardino County Fire thanks the community for the continued partnership.