Representatives from the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) handed out gifts to local youths for the sixth annual “Best Gift Ever” Toy Drive Dec. 17.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Santa Monica PAL, Downtown Santa Monica and Santa Monica Place jointly sponsored the Best Gift Ever Toy Drive, one of several Winterlit programs and events in Santa Monica during the holiday season. Macerich, the owner of Santa Monica Place, and PS#1 additionally provide support for the program.

From mid-November through Dec. 13, community residents and local businesses were invited to donate gifts for the drive at several drop-off locations. On Dec. 15, community volunteers and local dignitaries helped wrap the donated gifts collected through the toy drive during the It’s A Wrap party.

On Dec. 17, PAL members then distributed the gifts to hundreds of children, ages 6 to 17, who might not otherwise receive presents this holiday season.