Councilman Bill Rosendahl joined Playa del Rey resident Karen Kanter and tenants at Mar Vista Gardens in Del Rey for a toy giveaway on December 20th.

Five youngsters from the apartment complex were recipients of new bicycles, and other children from Mar Vista Gardens received a variety of other Christmas gifts.

“Generosity throughout the district has been great,” said Rosendahl, who mentioned that approximately 10,000 toys had been gathered over the previous weeks. “What’s great is that, as the nation has been in serious economic recession, people have been very positive with their charity.”

Twenty bicycles have been awarded to children in the 11th District, in communities such as Venice and Del Rey.

Playa del Rey Neighbors, a group of civic-minded neighbors, raised $2,500 this year for its toy drive, according to Kanter.

The councilman complimented Kanter on her charitable efforts. “What Karen has done, on her own and with the group, has been phenomenal,” he said.