The Ventura County Harbor Department is teaming up with the Harbor & Beach Community Alliance (HBCA) to spread holiday cheer this season by hosting the first Holiday Food & Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 12, 2020 at Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Holiday Food & Toy Drive will benefit Food Share of Ventura County and the Spark of Love Toy Drive, an annual effort coordinated by local fire departments which provided toys to more than 6,000 children last year.
On the day of the event, donations will be accepted at a drop off location at Fisherman’s Wharf, located on the southwest corner of Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard in Oxnard. No-contact, masked and gloved volunteers will be there to safely accept the donations and provide them to Food Share and the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Those in the harbor area will be able to schedule a boat pick of their donations from their docks.
The goal is to raise a “boat load” of food and toys. In addition, money donations to Food Share will be matched up to $5,000 and donations can be made now via text WHARF to 41444 or go to this link to donate: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/gHVTMA?vid=e01hs or cash and checks may be written to “Food Share of Ventura County” and dropped off on December 12th.
The drive will include both food and toy donations to double the spirit of the holidays.
According to Food Share, the top five most needed food items are: canned tuna, chicken, and salmon; cereal (non-sugar types); beans (dry and canned); rice (in 1lb-2lb bags or mixes; and peanut butter, but all non-perishable food items are welcome.
If you want to donate toys, bring new, unwrapped toys and/or sports equipment which will “spark” happiness during the holidays.
About the Holiday Food & Toy Drive
HBCA and the Harbor Department are welcoming the opportunity to work together to help those struggling this challenging holiday season. Partnering for the Holiday Food & Toy Drive will demonstrate that organizations which do not always see eye-to-eye on Harbor issues can work together for the benefit of the Oxnard community and County as a whole.
Harbor Department Director Mark Sandoval said he’s excited to co-host the event in partnership with HBCA.
“It’s our pleasure to co-host the Holiday Food & Toy Drive with a group of community members who have a passion for the Harbor and helping others,” Director Sandoval said. “We encourage all to join us at Fisherman’s Wharf in the spirit of giving, particularly during this holiday season.”
HBCA member Rene Aiu said the event is a perfect opportunity for the beach and harbor communities to step up and extend a hand to those in need this holiday season.
“Many families and children across Ventura County have been impacted by fires and the corona virus. We hope, those who are able, will generously share and donate to make this holiday a bit better for these families and children,” Aiu said.
Editor’s Note: this story was published on November 6, 2020.