By Tyler Stevens
Working for California Highway Patrol can be challenging, and for some officers, it can be flat out dangerous. But enriching the lives of less fortunate children in the community is among the most rewarding parts of their job, CHP officers said.
The nonprofit, CHiPs for Kids, has aimed to gather and donate holiday gifts to the children of Kern County for more than three years. The children receive a brand new, unwrapped toy, such as NERF guns for the boys or Barbie dolls for the girls.
Drop-off your new unwrapped toys at these locations between now and Dec. 12.
• California Highway Patrol: 4040 Buck Owens Blvd.
• Keller Williams Realty of Bakersfield: 5351 Olive Drive
• Motor City Auto Center: 3215 Pacheco Road (toy drive from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Bring in a toy and get $10 off an oil change.)
• The Bakersfield Californian: 1707 Eye St.
To help them as they serve the community, CHP needs your help this holiday season in the CHiPs for Kids toy drive. With the support of the Bakersfield community, impoverished children will receive a heart-warming Christmas gift they may never forget.
CHiPs for Kids has been operating throughout California for more than 10 years. CHP collects toys for under-privileged kids who are up to 16 years old.
With so much work involved in serving as many children as possible, the CHP has partnered with other community groups to assist. This toy drive has teamed up with The Bakersfield Californian, Keller Williams Realty of Bakersfield and Motor City of Bakersfield. These businesses have opened their doors during the holiday season to serve as toy drop-off locations.
Martha Johnson, realtor for Keller Williams Realty and representative for KW Cares, said business officials were excited about this year's toy drive.
"Keller Williams believes in giving back to the community," Johnson said.
Because times are usually tough throughout the holiday season, CHP hopes to collect more than 3,000 toys this year, even more than the 2,500 toy count last year. The more people who participate in this event, the more hearts will be touched during this holiday season, organizers said.
"Our goal is to be a blessing to the needy kids during Christmas time," said Robert Rodriguez, public information officer for the Bakersfield-area CHP. "If we can put an enormous smile on the face of the kids who come to our toy drive, then we've done our job."
CHP also hopes to be a blessing and an inspiration to the local children of Kern County, Rodriguez said.
Join the CHP and the Bakersfield community by donating a new, unwrapped toy to any drop-off location between now and Dec. 12.
CHP officers will distribute the toys to children the week of Dec. 16.