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VIDEO: Promises2Kids kicks off holiday toy drive this week

SAN DIEGO – To ensure that children and youth who are living in foster care in San Diego County can have a happy holiday season, Promises2Kids kicked off its annual Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive this week.

Through Dec. 12, local businesses, schools and community organizations are collecting new, unwrapped gifts that will be given to the children.

The toy drive will culminate with a live drive event on Monday, Dec. 12, from 6 am to 4 pm at Walmart, 4840 Shawline Drive in Kearny Mesa. There will be bins and tables set up to collect items from the public and the locations who have collected items throughout the annual gift drive.

"The holiday gifts provided to the thousands of children in foster care mean the world to them, that someone is thinking about them at this difficult time in their lives" said Tonya Torosian, CEO of Promises2Kids. "The donations brighten the lives of these children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are just trying to have a holiday that other children experience."

The organization, with the help of community partners and the general public, seeks to exceed the 18,000 gifts that were donated by the community during the 2010 holiday drive. The gifts will be distributed to more than 40 partner organizations, including the Polinsky Children's Center, Mary's House Transitional Housing Program, local foster homes and group homes.

Suggested gifts include toys, board games, dolls, books, sporting equipment, bikes, skateboards, age-appropriate DVDs, arts and crafts supplies, and electronics. A special request is being made for gifts for youth 12 and older since so many gifts are received for the younger children.

A full wish list can be found on the Promises2Kids website.

Organizations, businesses and schools that would like to host bin at their facility are still being sought. To request a bin contact Susanne Torre at (858) 427-1107. Volunteers are also needed to assist with receiving, sorting and distribution of the donations. To volunteer, contact Stephanie Trolinger at (858) 427-1106.

A full list of donation locations is below.

For more information about Promises2Kids and its toy drive, click HERE.

Promises2Kids Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive Locations as of Nov. 18, 2011:

Carlsbad - 92008
California Coast Credit Union, 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 190

Chula Vista - 91910
California Coast Credit Union, 386 E. H St., Suite 213

Del Mar - 92014
California Bank & Trust, 2775 Via De La Valle

El Cajon - 92020
California Coast Credit Union, 898 Jackman St.

El Cajon - 92021
California Bank & Trust, 1024 Graves Ave.

Escondido - 92025
California Coast Credit Union, 962 W. Valley Parkway

Encinitas - 92024
California Bank & Trust, 135 Saxony Road

La Mesa - 91941
California Bank & Trust, 3787 Avocado Blvd.

La Mesa - 91942
California Bank & Trust, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, Suite 408
California Coast Credit Union, 8002 La Mesa Blvd.

La Jolla - 92037
Barbarella's Restaurant, 7724 Girard Ave., Second Floor
La Jolla Bird Rock Elementary, 5371 La Jolla Hermosa Ave.
La Jolla Casa de Manana, 849 Coast Blvd.

National City - 91950
California Coast Credit Union, 1704 Sweetwater Road

Oceanside - 92056
California Bank & Trust, 3485 Marron Road
Oceanside Sepro Membranes, 4100 Avenida de la Plata, Suite D

Poway - 92064
Toray Membrane USA, 13435 Danielson St.
California Coast Credit Union, 13616 Poway Road, Suite 200

San Diego - 92101
All Pro Bail Bonds, 109 W. C Street, Suite E
San Diego California Bank & Trust, 525 B St.
San Diego California Coast Credit Union, 440 Beech St.
San Diego City of San Diego, 1010 Second Ave., Suite 1200
San Diego City of San Diego, 600 B St., Suite 800
San Diego Legacy Partners, 600 B St., Suite 2480
San Diego San Diego Orthopedic Associates, 4060 Fourth Ave., Suite 700
San Diego Underground Elephant, 600 B St., Suite 1300

San Diego - 92103
Advanced Attorney Services, 3500 Fifth Ave.
San Diego California Coast Credit Union, 1060 University Ave., Suite A-101

San Diego - 92105
California Bank & Trust, 4305 University Ave., Suite 100

San Diego - 92106 (Liberty Station)
Bar Method/CRAC, 2751 Roosevelt Road, Suite 200
San Diego Con Pane, 2750 Dewey Road
San Diego FITzee Foods, 2445 Truxtun Road, Suite 109
San Diego Fiveloaves Twofish, 2690 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego McMillin Companies, 2750 Womble Road, Suite 200
San Diego Moment Cycle Sport, 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 135
San Diego Oggi's Pizza, 2562 Laning Road
San Diego Preen 2 Pristine, 2850 Womble Road, Suite 104
San Diego Recreational Music Center, 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 100
San Diego Sail Ho Golf Course, 2960 Truxtun Road
San Diego San Diego Watercolor Society, 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 105
San Diego Solare Lounge, 2820 Roosevelt Road
San Diego Yellow Book Road, 2690 Historic Decatur Road

San Diego - 92109
Chris Love Properties, 3865 Mission Blvd.
San Diego Mossy Ford, 4570 Mission Bay Drive

San Diego - 92111
California Army National Guard, Field Maintenance Shop 17
San Diego County Counsel, Juvenile Dependency, 4955 Mercury St.

San Diego - 92116
California Coast Credit Union, 4470 Park Blvd.
San Diego Hairdrezzers On Fire, 3463 Adams Ave.
San Diego Scatena Daniels Communications 2911 Adams Ave.

San Diego - 92117
California Coast Credit Union, 4265 Genesee Ave.

San Diego - 92121
Genomic Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, 10675 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego JGD & Associates, 5355 Mira Sorrento Place, Suite 700

San Diego - 92122
California Bank & Trust, 4320 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 100
San Diego Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego - 92123
American Red Cross, 3950 Calle Fortunada
San Diego California Coast Credit Union, 4285 Ruffin Road
San Diego City of San Diego, 9485 Aero Drive
San Diego Cubic Corp., 9333 Balboa Ave.
San Diego Jack in the Box corporate headquarters, 9330 Balboa Ave.
San Diego Otis Elevator, 4619 Viewridge Ave., Suite A
San Diego San Diego County Probation/Juvenile Hall, 2801 Meadowlark Drive
San Diego Sempra Utilities, 8315 Century Park Court, Building 2, Second Floor

San Diego - 92124
Diversified, 9771 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

San Diego - 92126
California Coast Credit Union, 8220 Mira Mesa Blvd., Suite D

San Diego - 92130
Fish & Richardson, 12390 El Camino Real

San Diego - 92131
California Coast Credit Union, 9825 Mira Mesa Blvd.

San Marcos - 92069
California Coast Credit Union, 140 Knoll Road

Santee - 92071
California Coast Credit Union, 9808 Mission Gorge Road, Suite A

Solana Beach - 92075
All Pro Bail Bonds Corporate Office, 512 Via De La Valle, Suite 200

Valley Center - 92082
California Bank & Trust, 29124 Valley Center Road

Vista - 92081
All Pro Bail Bonds, 510 Hacienda Drive, Suite 108

Vista - 92084
California Bank & Trust, 140 Civic Center Drive