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“Spark of Love” Toys Stuff sbX Bus

Santa Claus and Buster welcome toy givers to sbX.

On November 30, Santa’s helpers and quite a few elves gathered at Mathis Brothers Furniture Store in Ontario to stuff seven Omnitrans buses with gifts for the Spark of Love toy drive. The state-of-the-art Omnitrans sbX vehicle was right there with our vintage 1958 diesel Old Blue and five of the New Flyer XN40 coaches from the Omnitrans fleet. It was quite a sight and great for ABC7’s annual Spark of Love Toy Drive Stuff a Bus event.

Hundreds of people delivered unwrapped new toys for children of the Southland.  Omnitrans coach operators and California firefighters will deliver the gifts to kids in need, making this holiday season truly unforgettable for many families.

Floor to ceiling, this bus is stuffed!

The sbX XN60 bus also made its broadcast debut, appearing on several telecasts throughout the day with Santa’s biggest helper, Meteorologist Garth Kemp. Despite the rain, and with the help of jolly old St. Nick and Omnitrans’ mascot Buster, the donated toys filled six-and-a-half buses. Who needs reindeer?

– David Rutherford
David.Rutherford@Omnitrans.org

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Omnitrans Joins ABC7, Firefighters in Toy Drive

Omnitrans and Buster join Santa and Southern California Firefighters, along with Garth Kemp and ABC7 to bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children this holiday season.

The 20th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive “Stuff a Bus” Event will take place on Friday, November 30th between 4:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m at Mathis Bros. Furniture at 4105 E. Inland Empire Blvd. in Ontario.

The “Spark of Love” Toy Drive collects new, unwrapped toys and games for underserved children throughout Southern California, and last year distributed more than 600,000 toys to 3,000 families. All toys collected in San Bernardino County will stay local, and be distributed to kids in surrounding communities.

Community members can participate by bringing a toy to the “Stuff a Bus” event,  or they may drop off a toy at Omnitrans offices, local fire stations or CVS Pharmacy Stores.

To learn more, please visit abclocal.go.com/kabc or call (818) 863-7777.