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Hundreds of volunteers behind scenes of Folsom toy drive

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - Katie Pearce, volunteer, with the Folsom Christmas Basket Project, said they are hard at work gathering toys for needy families this holiday season.

All around town, look for the drop boxes for new, unwrapped toys.

“The police department, fire station, city hall, Folsom Telegraph, the Folsom Chamber, Golden One Credit Union, Broadstone Racquet Ball Club, Red Robin and Folsom Lake Bowl are some of the bigger locations accepting donations,” Pearce said.

The toy drive is a Folsom tradition.

“Working with Twin Lakes Food Bank, it’s been 25 years. Before that, it’s been 35 years,” she said. “It started out with the Fire Department and Police Department handing out baskets to needy families.”

This is a community-involved toy drive, she said, requiring many hands to make it happen.

“It takes well over 100 volunteers just on distribution day, probably around 250-300 from beginning to end,” she said.

Pearce has seen the drive grow through the years.

“I would say it’s been close to 30 years in one capacity or another that I’ve been involved,” Pearce said. “It’s changed here and there.”

Families can even get a snapshot with Santa with their donation.

“From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 8, in the Walmart parking lot, if they drop off a new, unwrapped toy, they get a picture with Santa,” Pearce said.

Donations are accepted until noon, Friday, Dec. 14.

“We will take financial donations as well, they just make them out to Twin Lakes Food Bank,” she said.

For more information, visit folsomtoydrive.com.