CAL FIRE Brings “Spark of Love” to North Shore Wednesday
NORTH SHORE – Firefighters at Station 41 in North Shore will distribute gifts to more than 125 children in the North Shore community at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club Community Center, 99-155 Sea View Dr. The gifts will go to pre-selected families. Media representatives are invited to cover the event.
A similar distribution occurred in Oasis last Friday and another distribution will take place in Mecca beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Mecca Family Resource Center, 91-275 Avenue 66.
“CAL FIRE is a big part of the community they work in, providing fire and emergency services, educating residents in fire safety and coordinating special events such as the Spark of Love,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I commend the firefighters, Desert Recreation District and Riverside County Economic Development Agency for making such a positive impact in the eastern Coachella Valley communities.”
“For many years firefighters from these communities have collected and assisted with the distribution of toys to countless needy children which brings them smiles and joy during the holiday season,” said Captain Bonifacio De La Cruz of Mecca Fire Station 40.
Now in its nineteenth year, the “Spark of Love” toy drive is an effort by ABC7 and firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties to distribute new toys and sports equipment to the underserved children in our communities. Last year, Spark of Love collected more than 500,000 toys within Southern California.
The 6,500 square-foot, newly renovated North Shore Beach & Yacht Club Community Center is actively used by the residents from the northern shore of the Salton Sea. Desert Recreation District’s programs include a weekday after-school program from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., academic tutoring on Saturday mornings and Zumba classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FIND Food Bank and the Department of Public Social Services visit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday to enroll eligible families for food stamp programs. On Friday mornings between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Catholic Charities distributes food to the needy.
The center is also rented for wedding receptions, baby showers, youth retreats and is used frequently to host Salton Sea Authority and monthly community council meetings. Wednesday’s event follows successful Halloween candy carnival, Thanksgiving community dinner and brunch with Santa events enjoyed by hundreds of people.
For more information about Wednesday’s event, please contact the North Shore Fire Station at (760) 393-3073.