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Children in Need Shop at Let It Snow Toy Project

Nov 08, 2023 04:34PM ● By Helping Hands OV News Release

Orangevale and Fair Oaks groups come together to bring smiles and toys. Photo courtesy of Helping Hands OV

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) – Local nonprofit organizations and other groups including Helping Hands OV – Orangevale- Fair Oaks, Kiwanis Orangevale-Fair Oaks, Orangevale Women’s Club, Causeplay for Hope, The Orangevale Fair Oaks Food Bank, Growing Past Today, California Storm and Sacramento Blankets for Kids are coming together for the Third Annual Let It Snow Toy Project.

The venue is transformed into a winter wonderland where predetermined children of all ages in need can experience Santa’s workshop and walk away with gifts of their choosing.  No parents are allowed in the workshop, so it is a magical experience strictly for the children.  From dolls, blocks, electronics, gift cards, personal hygiene necessities and even a bicycle or scooter with helmet, this shopping spree warms hearts in the cold weather.  This year over 200 children will attend the event, and thousands more at a local receiving home will receive gifts.  “Watching the kids walk through and their eyes light up with the opportunity to shop Santa’s workshop makes my heart feel as if it could burst” said Jose Zambrano, Let It Snow Toy Project Lead.  “There is no bigger joy to me than seeing all of these organizations come together to make an experience like no other that these children will remember forever.”

Businesses are accepting new, unwrapped toys, bikes, scooters, and helmets between now and December 10th to fill Santa’s workshop and bring joy to these children in need.  You can drop off your donation at any of the participating locations: Badfish Coffee & Tea, Toro Z Fitness, Dairy Queen Orangevale, Katie Yount State Farm, Rose Senior Placement, Luz Johnson LPL Financial, Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary, Mode Brewing.

If your family is in the Orangevale or Fair Oaks, CA area and in need, please email [email protected] to receive the application for assistance for this event.

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