Santa Claus sits by the toys that people donates for the Toys for Tots Toy Drive in Newhall on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal
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The 11th annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Toy Drive was held in Newhall with hopes of bringing Christmas gifts to less fortunate children.

The spirit of the holidays is what brought Bill Baumgartner and his family to the toy drive that was held outside the Realty Executives office.

“We came out to help kids in need,” Baumgartner said as he watched his two boys run up to the Star Wars characters that were greeting attendees. “We’re pretty blessed to be where we are and there are others who are not as fortunate.”

Kirsten Aylstworth, left, Beatrice Aylstworth, middle, and Audrey Aylstworth pose with characters from Star Wars at the Toys for Tots drive in Newhall on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal
Kirsten Aylstworth, left, Beatrice Aylstworth, middle, and Audrey Aylstworth pose with characters from Star Wars at the Toys for Tots drive in Newhall on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal

Participants got the opportunity to not only give back, but to take a picture with characters from Star Wars, Princess Cinderella and Santa himself.

“(The kids) are excited to see anything Star Wars, said Baumgartner. “And of course Santa.”

The toys will be distributed to children in Los Angeles and Kern County shortly before Christmas.

“Santa Clarita really comes together,” said Stephanie Danyluk, the organizer of the event. “It’s heartwarming.”

The McMurdy family help Santa Claus pick up his candy canes at the Toys for Tots Toy Drive in Newhall on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal
The McMurdy family help Santa Claus pick up his candy canes at the Toys for Tots Toy Drive in Newhall on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ The Signal

“I wasn’t in the holiday spirit until we actually came here and gave toys,” said Diane Brogan.

Brogan brought some bubble bath and a Razor scooter to give to a child that could use something extra in order to get excited about the holidays.

“It’s all about the children,” Brogan said.

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Samie Gebers
Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.
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