Galt police, firefighters, schools, churches and businesses are asking residents to buy toys this Christmas for needy children in the community.
For the sixth year, Galt is collecting toys for children between ages 5 and 15 whom teachers and faith-based organizations have identified as needing help this Christmas.
The toys can be for girls or boys and should be new and unwrapped when they are dropped off. Drop-off sites will be collecting toys until Dec. 19, at which point volunteers will sort the toys before distributing them on Dec. 22 and 23, said Galt Crime Prevention Coordinator TJ Guidotti, who is helping organize the event.
There are dozens of drop-off sites in the community, including: Galt Police Department at 455 Industrial Drive; Galt City Hall at 380 Civic Drive; Fire Station 45 at 229 5th St.; Fire Station 46 at 1050 Walnut Ave.; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation training center; as well as all of the schools in the Galt Joint Union High School District and the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District.
New Hope Church, Family Life Christian Church and Horizon Church are also serving as drop-off sites, along with a number of businesses participating throughout the community. Some are even offering specials, like Galt In N' Out Smog, which is handing out $10 coupons when people drop off gifts.
"We opened our doors in 2009, and with our loyal customers' support, it has enabled us to support the local community during the holiday season," owner Pam Cuevas wrote in an email.
Other businesses with drop-off sites include Denny's Restaurant, Parker Realty, Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant, Tacqueria El Rodeo, PostNet, Kidz Come First, Save-Mart, Raley's and California Waste Recovery Systems.
"It's been a really good collective effort this year," Guidotti said. "We love partnering with the schools and the churches, so we can reach as many people as possible."
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