Local PODS® Moving and Storage asks community to come together to collect toy donations for those in need at the Santa to the Sea event

PODS containers to serve as Santa’s Sleigh and deliver thousands of toys to underserved youth in Nyeland Acres community

(OXNARD, Calif.) – In wake of the Hill fire and last year’s Thomas fire, the Santa to the Sea half marathon and 5k and local PODS moving and storage will work together to help those in need by collecting toys for the holidays. PODS will collect unwrapped toys that will be given out at the annual Santa Claus Park toy giveaway on Dec 9 at Marine Emporium Landing 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard CA 93035 in Channel Islands Harbor

Despite the race being cancelled last year due to the air quality caused by the Thomas Fire, the community showed an outpouring of support by donating over 1,000 toys that were stacked high in the PODS containers.

 “It’s our responsibility as a community to come together and help give back to children and families in need. Despite the cancellation of the event last year, the community came together to show their support and we hope that we can collect even more donations this year,” said Steve Yapp, owner of local PODS Moving and Storage. “With the addition of the Hill fire this year, many families are still displaced from their homes, and we hope that we can give them a little holiday cheer during these difficult times.”

On race day, the donated PODS containers will serve as the official “Santa’s Sleigh” and will be placed at the finish line for the community and racers to donate a toy that will then be delivered to the Santa Claus Park toy giveaway, an event that brings hope and happiness to the local community.  Local fire, police, sheriff and CHP volunteers line Ventura Blvd to unpack the PODS containers and distribute toys to the over 3,000 families and children that line-up each year.

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