Race­way toy drive event revs up

Do­na­tions can be made through Dec. 11

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Gase [email protected]­al­don­line.com

Once again Sonoma Race­way is start­ing its en­gines to make sure kids have the per­fect fin­ish come Christ­mas time.

For the 17th con­sec­u­tive year, race fans and com­mu­nity mem­bers can help spread hol­i­day spirit to Sonoma Val­ley kids by do­nat­ing toys to Sonoma Race­way’s High-Pow­ered Toy Drive.

“This event truly makes it feel like Christ­mas,” said Diana Bren­nan, Sonoma Race­way vice pres­i­dent, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing. “See­ing the de­light in the chil­dren’s eyes when Santa ar­rives or they get an ex­tras-spe­cial gift they love cap­tures the magic of the hol­i­day sea­son.”

All toys col­lected dur­ing the toy drive, which runs through Dec. 11, will be dis­trib­uted to more than 300 chil­dren at the race­way’s an

nual Race to the Hol­i­days Christ­mas Party on Dec. 14. All chil­dren are pre-reg­is­tered for the party through one of six Sonoma Val­ley non-profit youth or­ga­ni­za­tions. New, un­wrapped gifts for new­borns to 12-yearolds are still needed.

“I brought my daugh­ter to the race­way chil­dren’s Christ­mas party when she was lit­tle and now she’s in high school, so I brought my two younger sons, and they had so much fun,”

said Edith from Sonoma fol­low­ing the 2018 event in a news re­lease. “They were ex­cited to see Santa and are al­ready busy play­ing with the toys.”

Bren­nan said she’s happy to have helped fam­i­lies with the nearly two-decade old event.

“Par­ents tell us year af­ter year that with­out this event, they might not be able to pro­vide toys for their chil­dren, so to cre­ate a spe­cial day that the fam­i­lies can en­joy to­gether is in­cred­i­bly mean­ing­ful — and re­ally fun,” Bren­nan said.

Toys are ac­cepted at the fol­low­ing Sonoma lo­ca­tions:

• Sonoma Race­way, 29355 Arnold Drive., Sonoma, 800-870-RACE, Mon­day through Fri­day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. www. Sono­maRace­way.com

• Ex­change Bank, 435 West Napa Street, 707-9388358, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 to 5 p.m., www.ex­change­bank.com

• Schell-Vista Fire Depart­ment, 22950 Broadway, 707-938-2633, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.schel­lvistafire.com

• Sonoma Val­ley Fire Depart­ment, 630 Sec­ond Street West, 707-996-2102, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.svfra.org

• Viansa Sonoma, 25200 Arnold Drive., Sonoma, CA 95476, (800) 995-4740, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.viansa. com

Gund­lach-Bund­schu Win­ery will again sup­port the toy drive at its Hol­i­day Bazaar on Satur­day, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At­ten­dees can sip, shop and get cozy by a fire at this spe­cial hol­i­day event in the Vista Court­yard, and guests can also con­trib­ute new, un­wrapped toys for chil­dren in need. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gun­bun. com/events/.

“We couldn’t do this

event with­out the in­cred­i­ble sup­port of our com­mu­nity,” Bren­nan said. “Each do­na­tion of a new, un­wrapped toy gives us one more gift for a spe­cial child. We al­ways es­pe­cially needs toys and items for the older kids — es­pe­cially 8- to 12-yearolds.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Race to the Hol­i­days Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party or High-Pow­ered Toy Drive, con­tact Cheri Plat­tner at (707) 933-3950 or cplat­[email protected]­marace­way.com.

JOE JA­COB­SON — CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Kids take a pic­ture with Santa at the an­nual Sonoma Race­way Toy Drive in 2018.

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