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Kiwanis Club Toy Drive Returns

Oct 22, 2019 09:18AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Time to clean out those closets: The Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club and its sponsored youth organization, Mira Costa Key Club, will host their 8th Annual Toy Drive to collect toys to benefit the Los Angeles County Toy Loan Program on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The drive will be held at the turn-around in front of the Mira Costa High School administration building at 1401 Artesia Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

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. The program 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. It provides high school students an opportunity to perform service projects throughout the 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 Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Anyone interested in learning more about Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club, may contact past president DeAnn Chase (

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