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Tuesday, Dec 10 2013 12:16 PM

'First Look': CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive this Thursday

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    CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez and Shanan Mallard, senior human resources generalist at The Californian, talk about CHiPs for Kids on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The Bakersfield Californian and the California Highway Patrol will accept new, unwrapped toys for the annual CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive on Thursday.

Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," CHP public information officer Robert Rodriguez talked about the toy drive happening at The Californian parking lot at the corner of H and 18th streets.

"There are a lot of people in our community with great needs and what you bring to us stays here in Kern County," Rodriguez said.

Last year, the toy drive hosted at The Californian collected 520 toys. This year, Shanan Mallard, Californian senior HR generalist, hopes to collect even more.

"We want to aim for double the presents," Mallard said.

If you don't have time to purchase a toy, cash donations are welcome.

The toys go to disadvantaged and hospitalized kids, infants to age 16.

A free gift card for a cup of coffee at The Padre Hotel will be given with a toy donation.

The toy drive will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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