CHiPs for KiDs Toy Drive kicks off this week, continues to help families in need

Posted at 8:07 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 23:07:49-05

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — A Bakersfield tradition with the California Highway patrol continues. Chips for Kids' Christmas outreach program that helps Kern County families in need during the holiday season is kicking off its 10th year this week.

Victoria Rivera is a mother of three who hit hard times last year when one phone call she received changed her Christmas plans for the better, and now her kids can’t wait for this year.

"It just made me feel a lot better and it's like a weight comes off your shoulders and when you are in need you are in need," Rivera said.

CHP Chips for Kids Toy Drive has been held for the past ten years and they are now asking for the communitys help to continue the tradition.

"It was great because at the time I wasn’t working and when I got that phone call that I could participate in something great that people were willing to give to families in need is a blessing," Rivera said.

The CHP toy drive began this Monday and will continue through December 16.

Anyone can donate unwrapped toys for children from 0 to 16 years olds at the following locations.

Drop off locations are CHP office on Compagnoni Street., Motor City (in the auto mall), both Carneceria La Carreta locations, all local Walgreens stores and right here at KERO 23 News Station at 321 21st Street.

The families who receive these gifts say not only does it make their children's day, it helps put a smile on mom and dad as well.

Thanks to the community’s donations, last year Bakersfield’s CHP gave over 4000 toys to kids in Kern County.

On December 6, CHP will host their toy drop off event downtown, on the corner of Chester Ave and 28th Street from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.