Highway Patrol collecting gifts for kids

Toy drive donations accepted through Dec. 16
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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The Chips for Kids toy drive is on the California Highway Patrol’s radar this month as CHP officers prepare to play Santa Claus. Officer Deslee Williams, of the California Highway Patrol Gold Run office, said Chips for Kids is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for boys and girls of all ages up through the teens, until Dec. 16. “In the past we don’t get too many gifts for older children,” William said. “For the older group, for girls, there might be need for makeup kits or hair products.” In Colfax, drop barrels and boxes have been placed at Sierra Market, Hills Flat Lumber, Winner Chevrolet, US Bank, Starbucks, TJ’s Roadhouse, Colfax Farm & Country Store, Colfax High School and Colfax Elementary School. Donations can also be made at Alta-Dutch Flat School or at the Gold Run CHP office on Canyon Creek Road in Gold Run. “We have a list of families who are in need of toys for their children for Christmas, so people can contact the Gold Run CHP office to add to this list,” Williams said. Call Amber or Maria at 389-2205 to have a request for toys or gifts placed on the list. “After Dec. 16, we collect all the donations, sort the toys and gifts by gender and age group, then distribute them the following week to all the families and groups on our list,” Williams said. Cash donations can also be made at the CHP office in Gold Run. Checks should be made out to the Gold Run Squad Club, with Chips for Kids written on the memo line. According to Williams, toys will also be donated to Acres of Hope in Applegate, the Placer Children's Emergency Shelter in Auburn, and local churches to give to the needy families in their congregations.