VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com): Excited children along with their parents arrived at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville for the 8th annual Victor Valley Rescue Mission Toy Giveaway Tuesday morning. At about 10:00 a.m. over 500 families began to line up just outside a building that looked like a real life Santa’s Workshop.
This year, the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, through the help of generous donations were able to provide over 1400 toys to children up to 12 years of age that may not have otherwise received a gift this year. Director of the Victor Valley Rescue Mission Bill Edwards said that they were able to meet the need of every child signed up in about 21 days.
About 3,000 were in attendance to the celebration where every child enjoyed not only toys, but free books, bibles, arts and crafts, face painting, and music. Children were also able to visit with Santa in the beautifully decorated community building. As families entered the building, they were given raffle tickets. Large gifts such as bikes and wagons could be won by lucky families with the drawn number on their tickets.
Jeremy George, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Victor Valley Rescue Mission said that sign ups were done at the Victor Valley Rescue Mission location in the 16800 block of C Street Wednesday through Friday during the first two weeks of December. “There were a couple of other organizations as well that were registering for us, Ready for Reading Book Club, the Early Head Start Program as well as Joshua’s Circle,” said George.
“This has all been supported by many different organizations,” said Bill Edwards. Edwards also said that over 100 volunteers helped to make the event possible. “We are a faith-based organization and we believe Jesus is the reason for the season.”
“The ready4readingbookclub (R4RBC), provided the toy signups, crafts, face painting and gave away 2000 children’s books and 800 adult books. Volunteering again with R4RBC was Emmanuel Temple CME church and Victor Valley/Bridges Beauty college. R4RBC’s motto, “Give a child a gift that will last a lifetime, “A Book”.