Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the Hesperia Grange Hall by motorcycle, along with about 100 elves on Sunday, December 22. Their mission? To deliver toys for gifting to over 760 children in need.
That’s how many had registered with Kid2Kid Closet, a clothing exchange program that holds an annual Christmas toy giveaway. Last year, only about 200 children participated.
Several biker groups brought bags of clothing and gifts, adding to the hundreds of previously donated toys, books, stocking and more.
Gifts were also donated from the Fire Department’s annual Spark of Love toy drive.
Cheryl Sislo and Deborah Torres from Kid2Kid, along with lots of helpers, had everything organized by age and gender for easy locating. And, one of Santa’s elves was on hand to help find specific requests.
Pastor Gary Rodriguez of Grace Tabernacle Church in Hesperia spoke to familys about the spirit of giving and the meaning of Christmas.
Kid2Kid Closet was started five years ago as a way for moms to swap too-small children’s clothes for the next size up. They hold several exchanges per year, and are not based on need, but are a way to recycle.
To swap or donate clothing, call (760) 947-2687, or visit the website at: www.kid2kidcloset.com
Kid2Kid Closet is a fund of the High Desert Community Foundation. Donate by PayPal at: www.hdcfoundation.org, or call (760) 242-8877, or mail checks with Kid2Kid in memo area, to HDCF, PO Box 2028, Apple Valley, CA 92307.