La Mesa Military Families Toy Drive 2019

>La Mesa Chamber members, friends and sponsors came together on December 4th to celebrate our strength and our strong belief in giving back – by collecting and distributing toys and items to military families living in La Mesa. This is the 4th year that we have assisted these children and their families. We are honored to partner with the following sponsors who helped make this happen: Presenting Sponsor – EDCO, Supporting Sponsors – First Command Financial Services and Kirk Paving, Inc. joined by Underwriting Sponsor – State Farm Insurance – Kristie Facto Agency. A special thank you to our Sponsor Recognition Sponsor – Nightwalker Caverns Escape Room Adventures, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Cali Comfort BBQ, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Valley Farm Market. We collected a grand total of 732 toys and books. In addition to these gifts we are also happy to announce that we purchased gift cards to Target in the amount of $900 for these families. A special thank you to Teresa McClatchy and her team at Barnes & Noble who sold/donated 387 books and toys to the public through our one month “Stuff the Jeep” portion of this project! We also wish to thank Kyle Nyswonger and the team at Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, who transported all of the books from Barnes & Noble, stored them and delivered them to the party!

Matthew Eastman and his team did a wonderful job of keeping the platters filled with piping hot pizzas, pasta dishes and chilled salads. Thanks to everyone who joined us and donated toys at the party and to those who made a financial investment and partnered with us on this special holiday project!

Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer.