Santa’s Sleigh Toy Drive & More

Dec 3, 2012

By Darrell Wade Penner

Through December 17th, unwrapped, unopened toys can be donated to Santa’s Sleigh: A Rose City Toy Drive. Additionally, if you eat at participating restaurants on Tuesday, December 11th during “Dine Out In Pasadena Day,” 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to purchase even more toys.

The goal is to give 100 children the opportunity to open a present this Christmas season and to meet the man himself (Santa).

You can bring in a toy to these participating local businesses: Pasadena Civic Ballet, Gus’s BBQ, The Original Tops, Cameron’s Seafood, Trattoria Neapolis, The Counter, The Pasadena Cheese Store, and Jones Coffee.

On Wednesday, December 19th, the First Presbyterian Church of Altadena is donating space for the culminating event featuring a performance by the Pasadena Civic Ballet, a small dinner provided by Gus’s BBQ, the distribution of presents, and a chance for the children to chat with Santa and receive a photo.

For more info, you may call 503.269.9738 or email Juliana Slemenda is Social Manager for Bicos Restaurant Group and she is coordinating this particular toy drive.

Santa’s Sleigh: A Rose City Toy Drive
Through Monday, Dec. 17th for dropping off unwrapped, unopened toys
Cameron’s Seafood, 1978 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
The Cheese Store of Pasadena, 140 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena
The Counter (custom built burgers), 140 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena
Gus’s BBQ, 808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena
Jones Coffee Roasters, 693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
The Original Tops, 3838 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Pasadena Civic Ballet, 253 N. Vinedo Ave., Pasadena
Trattoria Neapolis, 336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena

Dine Out In Pasadena
Tuesday, Dec. 11th
At Cameron’s Seafood, The Counter, Gus’s BBQ, The Original Tops, and Trattoria Neapolis

Tuesday, Dec. 11th: Dine Out In Pasadena Day

Other Ways to Help this Holiday Season (provided by Hathaway-Sycamores):

(L-R): Michael Galper, Hathaway-Sycamores board member; Rita Henderson, Manager, Community Affairs & Educational Programs, Nestlè USA (who underwrote the 2013 calendar for sale); Joseph Lopez, 8, artist for H-S 2013 Children’s Art Calendar and H-S client; Rob Myers, Executive VP of Hathaway-Sycamores; and Linda Willett, H-S board member. Photo by Suzanne Turpin

Bring Holiday Happiness to Children in Need

From buying a one-of-a-kind calendar to adopting a less fortunate family, there are many ways to help those served by Hathaway-Sycamores


(PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 26, 2012)—Holiday joy is most often associated with children, but for many other youngsters—particularly those who are in foster care, as well as those who are struggling with mental-health issues or whose families are financially fragile—the holidays can be a particularly challenging time of year. Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services—the largest private provider of children’s mental-health services in Los Angeles County—serves more than 9,000 such youngsters and families annually, and it is on their behalfthat the nonprofit agency is reaching out and asking caring members of the community to help bring holiday happiness to those in need.

There are several ways that members of the community can support Hathaway-Sycamores’ efforts, including:

Buy a gift for a child—Gifts are needed for all age groups, from infants to age 18, as well as for those with special needs ages 19 through 25. Gifts should be unwrapped and nonviolent in nature.  Often requested items include: sports equipment; electronic and board games; art supplies; DVDs (PG or PG-13); CD walkman; boom box/alarm clock; beauty products; video games (G rated); stuffed animals; clothing; backpacks; hair accessories; and watches. Many of those in Hathaway-Sycamores’ care are teenagers, so gift cards (such as Bath and Body Works, Best Buy, GameStop, Footlocker, Target, Walmart) are always a good choice, as are movie passes.  Cash donations are especially valued for helping Hathaway-Sycamores to fulfill children’s special wishes. Donated items can be mailed or brought—by Dec. 17— to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Development Department, 210 S. DeLacey Ave., Ste.110, Pasadena, CA, 91105.

Order a 2013 Children’s Calendar—Iconic local landmarks are interpreted anew through the eyes of aspiring young artists on the colorful, enchantingpages of the 2013 Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Art CalendarCreated through the “I Love LA” art project by students who receive academic enrichment and other support services from the Hathaway-Sycamores Highland Park FamilyResource Center, this one-of-a-kind calendar is an ideal holiday gift. Not only is the calendar both beautiful and affordable ($10, plus $5 shipping and handling), but proceeds will help fund life-changing services for the thousands of youngsters and families served annually by Hathaway-Sycamores.  Thecalendar can be ordered at or by calling (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516.

Adopt-a-Family—Gifts, household items, food, and grocery-store gift certificates are among the items needed by local families who might otherwise go without. Donated items can be mailed or brought—by Dec. 17— to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Development Department, 210 S. DeLacey Ave., Ste. 110, Pasadena, CA, 91105.

Donate to Food Pantry—Hathaway-Sycamores Highland Park Family Resource Center operates a year-round food pantry for families in Northeast Los Angeles who are receiving mental-health services from the Center and who are living below the poverty line. This need escalates during the holiday season and the Family Resource Center is especially in need of : rice, beans, spaghetti, granola bars, juice boxes, bottled water, breakfast cereal, lunch meats, instant noodles, canned soup, bread. Items can be dropped off at theFamily Resource Center—weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.—located at 840 N. Avenue 66 in Highland Park.    

For additional information about these opportunities to support Hathaway-Sycamores, contact Andi Sica at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516 or



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