Donations of toys are now being collected for the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Great Venice Toy Drive.
The neighborhood council will accept new unwrapped, “non-violent” toys at various locations in Venice through Dec. 6.
Drop-off sites include the following: Abbot’s Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; the VNC booth at the Venice Farmers Market (Fridays from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.), intersection of Venice Boulevard and Venice Way; and the Venice Neighborhood Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, council representatives will give the toys away to local youth during a holiday festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice.
At the festival, children up to 16 years of age accompanied by a parent or guardian will be able to select a toy. (First come, first served.) Santa Claus will also be available for photos, with one free photo per child being offered for the first two hours of the event.
Other activities include arts and crafts, food, a moon bounce and a snow machine.
This is the second year that the VNC has sponsored the Great Venice Toy Drive with the city of Los Angeles.
“Last year the Great Venice Toy Drive ensured that over 250 Venice children had a toy for the holiday season. This year, with help from sponsors such as Ron’s Thursday Night Soccer Club, we hope to not only provide each child with a toy, but also an incredibly special day,” said Mariana Aguilar, one of the toy drive’s team members.