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December 19, 2012
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa is looking for new toys to give to local children. The organization expects to give the toys to nearly 1,000 children Friday at the Neighborhood Community Center. The unwrapped toys, as well as gift cards, for all ages must be dropped off at the soup kitchen, 720 W. 19th St., by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call the soup kitchen at (949) 548-8861. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
December 1, 2011
The Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services Department is collecting toys for the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Serving People in Need. Donors can bring wrapped toys appropriate for children — from infants to 17 years old. The toys will be given to children of Orange County's homeless and working-poor families. Donations can be made at the department office at City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd., by Dec. 14. —Mike Reicher Twitter: @mreicher
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Costa Mesa fire stations are accepting donations for firefighters' 21st annual Spark of Love toy drive for kids in need, the city announced Friday. Residents can drop off new and unwrapped toys, sports equipment or gift cards. The donations will go to the Orange County Toy Collaborative, which includes Spark of Love, the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, Social Services Agency's Operation Santa Claus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Charities. The organizations join each year to collect about 300,000 toys for youngsters who may not receive anything else.
NEWS
December 4, 1999
Ted Shaffrey NEWPORT BEACH -- Newport Beach Yacht Club president Terrance Phillips can't wait for the Marine Corps to drop anchor tonight. "I'm up to my ears in toys here," Phillips said. "Everywhere I look, I see toys." The 377 members of the yacht club have managed to collect nearly 2,000 toys for the Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots program, including everything from bicycles to Lego sets. "If you brought in a toy, you got a free drink at the bar," Phillips said, pointing to that temptation as the reason the drive was so successful.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | December 21, 2010
On Saturday, members of the Harbor Mesa Lions were Santa's helpers at the Westside Boys & Girls Club. Some 150 children chose their gifts for family members and themselves from donated toys and presents. Earning credits throughout the year to shop with by completing homework assignments, each child was given a large plastic bag in which to gather the toys to be wrapped. Approximately 1,100 gifts were wrapped by the Lions club members. "This is a big day for the kids and our members," said Harbor Mesa Lions President Jennifer Kelder.
NEWS
March 29, 2000
Bearing toys and plenty of pizza, teens from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach returned Saturday to the hills above Tijuana, one year after the home there for abandoned children nearly closed for lack of food. The volunteers shared much-needed playtime with the 60 kids, most left behind by prostitute and drug-addicted mothers. The church group accidentally discovered the orphanage last December, and has since raised money and lent manpower to keep El Centro Cristiano alive.
NEWS
December 13, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA - By this time last year, the office at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen was piled high with holiday gifts for needy children. But this year, there is plenty of room in the office. Just three boxes sit in one small stack. "I'm pushing the [panic] button here. We have no toys," said Merle Hatleberg, the soup kitchen's founder and director. "This time last year the place was filled." Hatleberg is sending out a distress call to the community, asking for donations of unwrapped toys so a 14-year tradition may continue.
NEWS
November 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson Before Legos or Erector sets, maybe even before wooden blocks, people made toys out of paper. Marilyn Scott-Waters is hoping to create a resurgence of the old-school toys with a new book she designed. She runs a popular website featuring her paper toy designs, and she recently published a book of them, which can be bought online and in two area stores. A painter and graphic designer, Scott-Waters used to work in the corporate world, jetting around the globe as an art director for a Nike subsidiary.
FEATURES
November 25, 2008
The Mesa Verde Convalescent Hospital will serve a spaghetti dinner to raise money to buy toys for kids at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Moved by the sadness of children spending their Christmas in the hospital, the men and women at the Costa Mesa facility are holding the meal in their dining room Dec. 7 with seating times at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Activities Director Joyce Rivera planned the event, which is the first of its kind at the convalescent hospital. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8.50 for children younger than 12. They can be purchased in advance by calling (949)
NEWS
December 3, 2007
The city of Newport Beach is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the families of U.S. troops this month. The toy drive is part of Operation Christmas for Our Troops, a program founded in 2004 and sponsored by the California State Legislature, the National Guard of California and the nonpartisan troop support organization Yellow Ribbon America. Organizers also will accept donations of new or used DVDs as part of the drive. The past three Operation Christmas campaigns collected about 100,000 toys, DVDs and gift cards for California military families.
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SPORTS
December 20, 2013
The Corona del Mar High and Newport Harbor girls' water polo programs are joining forces for the Sparks of Love Toy Drive today at CdM. The varsity teams will compete at 5 p.m. The players are asking that anyone coming to the game, players, family and fans, to bring an unwrapped toy. There will be volunteers at the gate to collect the toys. For the older kids donations are asked for: skateboards, footballs, soccer balls, blow dryers, flat irons and make-up brushes/bags.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | December 20, 2013
Two classes of third- and fourth-grade students at Kaiser Elementary lined up next to a Costa Mesa fire truck on campus Friday morning to donate holiday gifts to children in need. The 58 elementary students, some donning Santa hats and holiday sweaters, turned over dolls, toy cars, board games, balls, stuffed animals and more to the Costa Mesa Fire Department's annual Spark Of Love Toy Drive. Spark of Love collects new, unwrapped toys, books and sports equipment in conjunction with other charities annually for Orange County children, said fire engineer Steve Savage.
NEWS
December 6, 2013
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is hosting a toy drive this month to collect gifts for children of Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton. Until Dec. 15, unwrapped gifts for infants or kids up to 12 years old can be dropped off at toy-drive containers at the Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. The bistro is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Donations will be distributed to military families during a holiday event at Camp Pendleton. The Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation, which has adopted the Marine battalion at the base, is organizing the drive.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Costa Mesa fire stations are accepting donations for firefighters' 21st annual Spark of Love toy drive for kids in need, the city announced Friday. Residents can drop off new and unwrapped toys, sports equipment or gift cards. The donations will go to the Orange County Toy Collaborative, which includes Spark of Love, the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, Social Services Agency's Operation Santa Claus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Charities. The organizations join each year to collect about 300,000 toys for youngsters who may not receive anything else.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | August 20, 2013
I read recently that surveys of the Los Angeles-Orange County region show that almost a quarter of our adult population lacks a high school diploma. While Orange County itself probably has a higher average of high school graduates, this means that there is a great need for self-learning if people are to qualify for the jobs that can make this region stronger. Much of this learning, for everything from basic literacy to reading programs for all ages, is available at our public libraries.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 20, 2013
When Newport Beach children's store Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closed in March, about $200 worth of gift certificates still in the hands of elementary school students seemed suddenly worthless. For years, the beloved local toy store had sponsored the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, an annual racing event that raises money for area schools. The top three boys and girls from each age group - all under 8 - won a small gift certificate to the store. But about two weeks after the March 3 race, financial difficulties finally sank Toy Boat, leaving about 20 kids with nowhere to spend their winnings.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 18, 2013
When Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat owners Lori and Mike Curtin locked up at 5 p.m. Friday, they cried. "We put our life into this business, and we're just tapped out," said Lori, 40. "We can't do any more. " The store's website encourages customers to say its name - a classic childhood tongue twister - three times, fast. There won't be much need for that anymore, however, since the Curtins shuttered the Corona del Mar specialty toy store last week. A note stuck to the door alerted passers-by: "It is with a very heavy heart we have decided to close our beloved iconic toy store in Corona del Mar. "Like so many other small businesses this economy has taken its toll on us. Unfortunately we did not have the necessary capital to stock the store to our satisfaction or our customers.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa is looking for new toys to give to local children. The organization expects to give the toys to nearly 1,000 children Friday at the Neighborhood Community Center. The unwrapped toys, as well as gift cards, for all ages must be dropped off at the soup kitchen, 720 W. 19th St., by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call the soup kitchen at (949) 548-8861. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 15, 2012
Kids waved and toddlers covered their ears as Santa rolled up in a red convertible escorted by about 20 Harleys. They pulled into the parking lot of Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine as the final stop on their annual toy drive. They had just finished picking up thousands of gifts that will be distributed throughout 2013 to patients at Children's Hospital Orange County. Two-year-old Aiden Heiman pushed his wheelchair as close to the bikes as possible. "He loves motorcycles," his mother, Hodelia Hayat, said.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
If you're in the giving spirit this holiday season, here are a few locations around the Newport Mesa area where you can donate. * Santa Letters The Costa Mesa Fire Department will take donations for its 12th year as part of its Santa Letters program, which brings basic supplies, toys and other items to families in need. Among the recipients are Costa Mesa families identified by social workers at area schools, and families met while responding to 911 calls. Those who wish to contribute also can deliver items to the families.
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