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Kiwanis Club To Host Toy Drive

Apr 16, 2018 10:19PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
It's time for spring cleaning - and doing some good with those gently used toys in your closet: The Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club is hosting its 7th annual toy drive to benefit the Los Angeles County Toy Loan Program on Saturday.

The drive is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and its youth organization, the Mira Costa Key Club. It will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 3:00 p.m., at the turn-around in front of the Mira Costa High School administration building, located at 1401 Artesia Blvd. in Manhattan Beach.

The club is accepting new and gently used children’s toys, books, and complete games, as well as stuffed animals and dolls.

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. The children borrow toys once a week. A child can earn a new toy by taking good care of the toys they borrow and bringing the toys back on time. The Toy Loan Program 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 dedicated to changing the world one child and
one community at a time. Mira Costa Key Club is the sponsored youth program of the Manhattan
Beach Kiwanis Club, which provides high school students an opportunity to perform service
projects throughout our community and surrounding areas.

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 Lido di Manhattan Restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

Anyone interested in learning more about Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club may contact past
president DeAnn Chase (

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