BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. (KERO) — A trailer full of toys was donated to children in need in Western Kern County Thursday. The donation drive was hosted at Sentinel Peak Resources in partnership with California Highway Patrol Buttonwillow.
The toys are for CHPs for Kids and this year those who dropped off a toy got a barbecue meal in a drive-thru style event. Typically the meal is provided and people get to eat it there but because of COVID-19 restrictions, they had to change it up.
Adam Taylor with the Buttonwillow CHP said they were expecting less of a turn out this year but they did just as well, if not better than they have in other years.
"It works out perfectly. Everyone leaves with a full belly and we get to leave with a trailer full of toys. In a couple of weeks, we will do our distribution and distribute these toys out to chosen families in Western Kern County. That's the brightest day of the year. The day we get to hand these toys out and watch these kid's faces light up as we get to make their holiday season a little bit better," said Taylor.
The Buttonwillow CHP will receive a list of families in the area who qualify for the toys and they will set up another drive-thru event to give the toys to the children in Western Kern County.