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Local gift drives are underway

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gift drives across San Diego County kicked off Saturday to bring donations of toys and other presents to families and children who need them.

The "Promises2Kids Give From Your Heart" drive will collect toys, dolls, books, sporting equipment, bikes, skateboards, arts and craft supplies and gift cards for foster children in San Diego County, said Denise Scatena, the drive's spokeswoman.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off today through Dec. 13 at 300 collection bins stationed at Wendy's restaurants and California Coast Credit Unions, Scatena said. The presents will go to foster organizations, including the Polinsky Children's Center and Mary's House Transitional Housing Program.

Last year the drive collected about 13,000 gifts, Scatena said.

The Society of Women Engineers of San Diego County is sponsoring an "Adopt a Family" program that allows residents to play Santa by meeting the specific gift wishes of four local families. Gift ideas include sweaters, learning toys, "anything Barbie" and "anything superhero-related."

More details on the families and drop-off locations are on the organization's website, www.swesandiego.org.

The "Adopt a Family" drive runs from today through Dec. 10. Shoppers at the Fashion Valley mall in San Diego can buy presents for the Ronald McDonald House "Gifts from the Heart" drive and drop them in marked bins scattered throughout the mall.

Presents will be collected from today through Dec. 16. Toys can also be deposited in boxes at YMCAs across the county for its holiday toy drive.

The presents will be distributed to children from the Border View, Copley and Jackie Robinson Family YMCAs, which help the lowest income communities in the county, according to the organization.

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