2014-12-18 / Front Page

Kops for Kids is huge success

Several hundred parents visited the Mariposa County Fairgrounds for 2014's Kops for Kids toy giveaway charity event. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Several hundred parents visited the Mariposa County Fairgrounds for 2014's Kops for Kids toy giveaway charity event. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, 12 noon - The county's Kops for Kids toy distribution teamed up with a food giveaway by Manna House and the Merced County Food Bank to spread Christmas cheer to several hundred local families today. 

With close to $17,000 in cash donations and more in donated toys, this year's giveaway was "by far" the biggest ever, event coordinator and sheriff's deputy Will Atkinson said.

Items that remain after today's giveaway at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds will be carted to Lake Don Pedro to give people there a holiday boost on Friday, Dec. 19. 

Close to 150 people are already pre-registered. Anyone interested in signing up for remaining toys can phone volunteer Charlene Dare at 852-0751.

Read the Dec. 25 Christmas Day MARIPOSA GAZETTE for more on this year's Kops for Kids event.

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