ATHYRIO donates toys to Station 77 Spark of Love toy drive

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Members of the “And The Horse You Rode In On” social group assemble with the toys donated to Station 77’s Sparks of Love toy drive Saturday, Dec. 1. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

The new social group “And The Horse You Rode In On” presented boxes of toys to Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department Station 77 for their Sparks of Love toy drive Saturday, Dec. 1.

The new toys were collected by ATHYRIO in Lake Riverside Estates and donated to the Aguanga fire station’s annual toy drive.

“We dropped the gifts off for Station 77’s Spark of Love and wish to thank everyone who donated,” club member Cezanne Ryerson-Jodka said. “You’re the best!”

The toys were later dispersed at From the Heart Christian Women’s Ministry’s toy giveaway in Anza Thursday, Dec. 19.

The Sparks of Love campaign collects new, unwrapped toys, sports equipment, blankets and gift cards for underserved children in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. Over the past two and a half decades, the Spark of Love toy drive has collected more about 10 million toys.

Southern California firefighters celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Spark of Love toy drive. The fundraiser takes place in November and December each year.

For more information about the Sparks of Love program, visit www.calfund.org/abc7-firefighters-spark-love-toy-drive-fund.

To learn more about the “And The Horse You Rode In On” social club, visit www.facebook.com/joinathyrio.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.