The seventh annual Playa del Rey Toy Drive will be collecting toys for the upcoming holidays for the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles as well as accepting items for local animal shelters to help animals in their care.

Organizer Pam Stacey said the event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Triangle Park on Waterview Street between Pershing Drive and Trask Avenue in Playa del Rey. Stacey said this is the fourth year that Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes Playa del Rey, is scheduled to attend the event.

Community members are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or books of any value in their original packaging to the park, and the items will be delivered to the Childrens Hospital. No stuffed animals will be accepted because children at the hospital may have allergies from compromised immune systems or allergies to fabrics.

Participants are also asked to consider giving a donation of gift certificates from Target or grocery chains for the “Holidays from the Heart” program. The families most in need are chosen by Childrens Hospital social workers to benefit from donors’ support and enjoy the holidays at a time of crisis for them, Stacey said. For information, www.chla.org.

Donna Manders, who is organizing the animal shelter portion of the event, requests that supplies for animals be brought, such as leashes, blankets, comforters, towels, dog and/or cat food (cans and unopened/sealed kibble), metal bowls, dog sweaters or other items. All donations will be delivered to the Los Angeles City and County Animal Shelters and distributed to individual shelters based on need. Information, Donna at djmpdr@gmail.com.

Local businesses are donating gift certificates to be used in a raffle at the park to raise money for the toy drive. The money will be converted into gift certificates for the needy families of children in the hospital over the holidays.

This year’s toy drive is sponsored in part by Jane St. John and Carli Vandervoort of ReMax Beach Cities Realtors and Flowers by Felicia, with additional support from Starbucks-Marina del Rey and Bristol Farms in Westchester.

In case of rain, items should be dropped off at 7528 Whitlock Ave., two blocks from the park toward the beach on Waterview Street in Playa del Rey. Information, Stacey, (310) 305-1787.

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