SAN DIEGO (CNS) - With already strong demand from enlisted families for holiday assistance, volunteers with the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Wednesday went on a shopping spree for gifts at a Toys R Us store.
The YMCA's Brittany Catton said 1,140 enlisted families have signed up to receive help, more than 100 over last year.
"This program is so sought out by military families, and the need continues to grow," Catton said.
She said the amount of military families the YMCA will be able to serve depends directly on the amount of toys and donation received up to Dec. 14th.
Volunteers purchased 800 toys from the store, but their goal is to collect 5,000, Catton said.
The gifts will be distributed on Dec. 14 and 15, when parents can "shop" for the free presents they need to give to family members.
Information about donating is available by phone at (858) 751-5755 or online at militaryymca.org.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.