Monumental Toy Drive brings ‘Christmas miracle’ to underprivileged families in Concord

CONCORD, CA (Dec. 14, 2021) — The 2021 Monumental Toy Drive brought Santa, smiles and snow-ish to Concord families in need last weekend.

The annual event provides holiday gifts to low-income families with children in grades K through 5. With the help of generous donors, more than 1,600 toys found their way into the hands of happy children.

The Monumental Toy Drive began in 1997. Over the years its programs have expanded to include summer camps and giveaways of school backpacks and supplies. The non-profit seeks to serve as many low-income families in the area as it can.

In addition to toys and bikes, the organization provided games, crafts, a bouncy house, raffle prizes, and free haircuts for kids. You could also get a free photo with jolly old Santa. And to help folks get in a holiday mood, imitation snow fell in the back part of the venue.

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“Here is our Christmas miracle,” said Rebecca, one of the Toy Drive elves. “We started off with 98 toys in the first week of November, and in less than 2 months collected 2,518 toys for the event. It was nerve wracking leading up to the big day, because we know a lot of people come to our Toy Drive but with the toy shortage we weren’t sure how this was going to work out. But God is good and many generous donors gave funds and toys to make this toy drive possible.”

She also thanked the amazing donors who helped make the ‘miracle’ happen. These included Harvest Church, Sanctuary Ministry Church, American Heritage Girls, Urban Barbers College, Concord Police Department and various local businesses and caring individuals who helped make some kids’ holiday a little brighter this year.

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