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Kiwanis and Key Clubs Host Annual Toy Drive

Mar 22, 2016 09:48AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Is your house filled with too many toys? You can do some spring cleaning and help a good cause when you donate to the Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club and Mira Costa Key Club's annual toy drive this weekend.

The toy drive, to be held on Saturday, March 26, will benefit the LA County Toy Loan Program. Donors may drop off toys between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Mira Costa High School, at the turn-around in front of the administration building.

New and gently used children’s toys, books, and complete games, as well as stuffed animals and  dolls, are welcome.

The Toy Loan Program is a 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, and all donations are tax deductible. It is a free service that allows children to borrow toys from a Toy Loan Center in the same manner in which they borrow books from the public library. 

Through the program, a child can borrow toys once a week. They can earn new toys by taking good care of the toys they borrow and bringing the toys back on time. The program aims to develops a sense of responsibility in children through the observance of an honor code and merit system that gives praise and recognition when toys are returned on time and undamaged.

The Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club was chartered in Manhattan Beach in 1956, and is a local chapter of an international service organization. Mira Costa Key Club is the sponsored youth program of the Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club that provides high school students with opportunities to perform service projects throughout the community. 

The Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club is looking for new members who are interested in supporting children’s causes in the local community. The club generally meets the second Monday evening of the month, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach. 

Anyone interested in learning more about Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club may contact its
president, Mike Block (, or the immediate past president, DeAnn Chase at 310-545-7700 or

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