The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will distribute about 15,000 toys to an estimated 5,000 children at 8 a.m. December 21 during the Annual Toy Giveaway.

The event, which includes a random giveaway of bicycles, begins with Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting children while Santa’s elves will be handing out candy canes.

“Our desert community is so very generous and loving as they support those in need. We look forward to partnering with our community in making Christmas dreams come true for these children,” said Executive Director Darla Burkett.

To make the Annual Toy Giveaway a success, she said, CVRM requests donations of new unwrapped toys for boys and girls from infant to pre-teen. Dolls, books, games, skateboards, sports equipment, balls, action figures, Legos, cars, trucks, and Barbies are some of the favorites.


“Many of our donors and supporters organize a Toy Drive at their office, church, neighborhood or country club. Everyone who can give even a single toy will put a smile on a child’s face,” Burkett said. “It will brighten your own Christmas as you invest in the spirit of the season.’’

Toy donations can be brought directly to CVRM at 47470 Van Buren Street, Indio.

To volunteer for this event or future events, donate a toy, or organize a drop box for a company, organization or club, please call Desire Tegge at 760.347.3512 ext. 221.

Founded in 1971, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, and safe shelter to anyone in need.  Additionally, CVRM helps people end their cycle of homelessness with extensive counseling, job training and job placement services.