By Deloris Comford
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
There are several programs in the works to help make sure everyone in Apple Valley has a merry Christmas this year.
The Apple Valley Fire Protection District will partner with the Spark of Love Toy Drive to help children in need this Christmas by playing Santa Claus.
The toy drive, which includes Southern California counties, collects toys for underserved children in local communities during the holiday season.
The town and local fire stations have been designated as local toy drop-off sites for new and unwrapped gifts. Toy donation will also be accepted at the town’s Winter Wonderland event on Dec. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m.
The town has also partnered with the Salvation Army to help local children through the Angel Tree Program, where individuals can purchase a gift for one of nearly 50 names found on trees located in the Town Hall and Development Services buildings.
Gifts should be unwrapped and received by Dec. 10 at Town Hall. For more information on Angel Tree, call the Salvation Army at (760) 245-2545.
And finally, the Boy and Girl scouts are reaching out this holiday season by collecting bags of dog and cat food for a new “Pet Pantry” program. Donations can be dropped off at Town Hall or the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter and will be distributed to qualifying families in the coming weeks.
For more town holiday information, call (760) 240-7000 or go online at www.AppleValley.org.