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Thursday, Dec 12 2013 08:48 AM

'First Look': CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive outside The Californian today

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CHP officer Robert Rodriguez receives a donation from David Leon for the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive at near the corner of 18th and H streets Thursday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Chipper the CHP mascot is near the corner of 18th and H streets, urging motorists to donate to the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive Thursday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Bakersfield Californian employee Adam Wages helps with a box of toys donated by Brad Ward of Atlas Pool to the CHP's CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive Thursday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Bakersfield Californian's Jennifer Self joins Scott Cox on "First Look with Scott Cox" in the parking lot of The Bakersfield Californian during the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive Thursday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Jennifer Self joins Scott Cox on "First Look with Scott Cox" in the parking lot of The Bakersfield Californian during the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive Thursday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CHP officer Robert Rodriguez waves to motorist near the end of the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive held in The Bakersfield Californian parking lot at the corner of 18th and H streets Thursday. A bounty of toys and cash was donated during the event.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The Bakersfield Californian's Adam Wages has a laugh with CHP mascot Chipper during the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive Thursday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CHP officer Kevin Perkins tries to stay warm early Thursday morning as he participates in the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive in the parking lot of The Bakersfield Californian.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Barbies, Frisbees, bikes and many more toys have been dropped off at the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive outside The Bakersfield Californian Thursday.

Brad Ward, 47, from Atlas Pool Center, dropped off three large boxes filled with gifts Thursday morning.

"We got all our team together to pitch in to help the community," Ward said.

CHP public information officer Robert Rodriguez said he was very excited to see the outcome. Toys will be collected until 1 p.m.

Rodriguez and two other CHP officers are collecting presents and cash donations at The Californian parking lot at the corner of H and 18th streets. As of about 10 a.m., well over $1,000 had been donated by the community.

"We have had more cash donations this year than previous years," Rodriguez said.

The money collected will be used to purchase more gifts, said Shanan Mallard, Californian senior HR generalist.

So what happens after the toy drive?

The presents are stored and sorted. On Dec. 23, kids get to pick out their gifts.

There have been toys left over in past years and they are distributed among charities in the community.

 

 

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