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Santa’s Helpers

Posted: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

‘Tis the season to help a child in need! This holiday season, JCI Santa Clarita Valley (SCV Jaycees) aims to do just that – help a child in need. On Saturday, December 15, the SCV Jaycees will host the 14th Annual Santa’s Helpers event at Ice Station Valencia. This year’s goal is to assist 200 local families by providing them with toys for the holiday season.

The SCV Jaycees coordinates a month-long toy drive with 100 local businesses who host donation boxes around the community. They also coordinate efforts with other local non-profit agencies serving children, including the Child and Family Center and Single Mothers Outreach, to produce a list of children eligible to receive the toys.

Once the toys are collected, organized and wrapped, the children are invited to attend a special party at Ice Station Valencia on Saturday, Dec. 15. Children then have the opportunity to ice skate, eat, make crafts and meet Santa Claus. Each child leaves the event with a bag full of wrapped gifts and a smile.

Every year there are stories that touch your heart, like the time a young deaf boy signed to Santa. For the first time in the boy’s life Santa signed back. The young boy was finally able to really tell Santa what he wanted.

To make this event possible, donations and volunteers are needed:

- Toy Donations: Local businesses can request to have a donation box delivered to their offices/stores to collect toys. To host a donation box contact Box Captain Tiffany Grummer at

- Financial Donations: Financial donations help defray the costs for the event and supplies. Additionally, they allow the SCV Jaycees to purchase gift certificates to places such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Westfield Valencia Town Center for the older children who are often overlooked in the toy drive. Donations can be made by contacting Chair Heather Kennedy at

- Volunteers: There are many opportunities to volunteer for this event. Volunteers of all ages get together and organize to drop the donation boxes off and pick them up once they are full. After all of the toys are collected, volunteers sort and wrap the gifts. Volunteers are also needed the day of the event at Ice Station Valencia to help run the event. (Adults only for event day). To volunteer contact Volunteer Coordinator Sara Mitchell at

This signature SCV Jaycees event began in 1998, when the SCV Jaycees decided they wanted to run a one-of-a-kind holiday event that would benefit disadvantaged children in the community. After exploring the many toy drives out there, the SCV Jaycees thought it would be nice to add a personal touch and create an event where the children could have a good time and get to meet Santa.

For more information on Santa’s Helpers, contact: Heather Kennedy, 2012 Santa’s Helpers event chairwoman at For information on the SCV Jaycees. contact: Troy Werner, vice president of marketing, JCI Santa Clarita Valley at


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