California Highway Patrol holds toy drive for underprivileged families
Cristina Castellon donates toys to Heather McCrary, a dispatcher with California Highway Patrol and Officer Patrick Carroll during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The toys will be donated to underprivileged kids and families. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
By Nikolas Samuels
Friday, December 8th, 2017

For 29 years, the Chips for Kids toy drive has brought holiday goods to underprivileged families and 2017 is no exception.

For the next nine days, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is planning to stand out front of the Valencia Target, collecting toys from the community to give to those in need.

Josh Greengard, public information officer for CHP, emphasizes that he and other officials just act as middle men. It is the people of SCV that really make this toy drive possible.

“The toy drive is solely based on the community,” said Greengard.

Heather McCrary, a dispatcher with California Highway Patrol, gives a sticker to Jaxson Gallo, 3, during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Representatives from California Highway Patrol will be out front of the target collecting toys for the next nine days. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

CHP will deliver the donated goods to several different agencies throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, including Carousel Ranch, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, local ministries and more. The toys will also be delivered to a few identified families.

A representative from CHP will be in front of the Valencia Target from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for at least the next nine days in case anyone is looking to help out a child for the holidays.

“The goal is to get as many kids toys as possible,” said Greengard.

California Highway Patrol Officer David Munis puts toys in the patrol vehicle during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The community comes together to donate toys to underprivileged kids and families during the drive. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Josh Greengard greets Colton Harper, 3, and Amanda Harper during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The toys will be donated to underprivileged kids and families. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
Koa Suh, 6, looks at the toys on display during during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The California Highway Patrol acts as middle men in collecting the toys from the community and donating them to underprivileged kids and families. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

 

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Cristina Castellon donates toys to Heather McCrary, a dispatcher with California Highway Patrol and Officer Patrick Carroll during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The toys will be donated to underprivileged kids and families. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

California Highway Patrol holds toy drive for underprivileged families

For 29 years, the Chips for Kids toy drive has brought holiday goods to underprivileged families and 2017 is no exception.

For the next nine days, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is planning to stand out front of the Valencia Target, collecting toys from the community to give to those in need.

Josh Greengard, public information officer for CHP, emphasizes that he and other officials just act as middle men. It is the people of SCV that really make this toy drive possible.

“The toy drive is solely based on the community,” said Greengard.

Heather McCrary, a dispatcher with California Highway Patrol, gives a sticker to Jaxson Gallo, 3, during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Representatives from California Highway Patrol will be out front of the target collecting toys for the next nine days. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

CHP will deliver the donated goods to several different agencies throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, including Carousel Ranch, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, local ministries and more. The toys will also be delivered to a few identified families.

A representative from CHP will be in front of the Valencia Target from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for at least the next nine days in case anyone is looking to help out a child for the holidays.

“The goal is to get as many kids toys as possible,” said Greengard.

California Highway Patrol Officer David Munis puts toys in the patrol vehicle during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The community comes together to donate toys to underprivileged kids and families during the drive. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Josh Greengard greets Colton Harper, 3, and Amanda Harper during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The toys will be donated to underprivileged kids and families. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
Koa Suh, 6, looks at the toys on display during during the 29th annual Chips for Kids toy drive in front of the Target in Valencia on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The California Highway Patrol acts as middle men in collecting the toys from the community and donating them to underprivileged kids and families. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal