You can help the U.S. Marine Corps and San Diego County put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children this holiday season by donating new, unwrapped toys at County airports in Fallbrook, Ramona, Carlsbad, El Cajon and Borrego Springs during the Marines’ annual Toys for Tots campaign.
County residents can drop off their donated toys at each of the airports any time up until Dec. 4, with the exception of Fallbrook Airpark, which will continue collecting donations until Dec. 11.
Uniformed Marines plan to collect the toys in person at special events at Ramona Airport and Fallbrook Airpark. The first collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Dec. 4 at Ramona Airport. The second will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 at Fallbrook Airpark. People who come to the events will be able to see Marine Corps vehicles, vintage World War II aircraft and other private aircraft, on the ground and in flight. Toys collected at El Cajon’s Gillespie Field, Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan Airport and Borrego Valley Airport will be flown to Ramona Airport and collected at the Dec. 4 event.
“We’re honored to work with the Marine Corps and be a part of the Toys for Tots campaign," said Pam Slater-Price, Chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors. "Toys for Tots is a Marine Corps tradition that goes as far back as I can remember. They spread holiday cheer to both the children and to everyone who donates.”
Last year, San Diego County resident’s donations at the airports filled six 7-ton trucks.