Motor4Toys holiday toy drive this Sunday, 12/3/06

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area (as is half the Autoblog team this week while covering the LA Auto Show), mark your calendar if you haven't already, for the annual Motor4Toys charity toy drive. The Motor4Toys event will be held this Sunday, December 3, so if you haven't signed up yet, please make sure you have an unwrapped new toy (or six) worth at least $10 to donate, and hustle over to Motor4Toys to register. You will make many people very happy and have a lasting memory of doing something that will be greatly appreciated.

Read on for more details about the event and, more importantly, the cars.

Last year's drive collected 6,700 toys and filled more than three semi trailers. And it drew about 1500 incredible cars. This IS a car related event after all. Taking its cue from the Marines' Toys 4 Tots program, Motor4Toys taps into the SoCal car community and turns a huge car meet into one of the largest charity toy drives around. Car guys and gals from all over the Southland show up with their sports cars, exotics, muscle cars, race cars and museum rides to help this worthy cause.

Now affiliated with the California Highway Patrol's Chips for Kids program, this year promises to be better than ever. Now in its 3rd year, Countrywide Insurance of Westlake Village has again stepped up to sponsor the event and provide a home for the meet and toy drive. But it is the motorsport community that really makes this happen. They support the event not only with their cars and toys, but through products and service donated for the day's raffles. It is truly grassroots and almost entirely accomplished through word of mouth.

Although he is modest and always seems to tell us that others are more deserving of recognition than he is, Dustin Troyan of the Village Coffee Roaster has almost singlehandedly made this gathering possible. Typically, he is quick to deflect the praise and point out that there are many people who make this event possible. Countrywide, obviously deserves much thanks, but as Dustin tells us, tthe people who bring their cars, donate the toys, and offer up raffle prizes are the real heroes.

And for those who can't make it, PayPal donations are also accepted. Hope to see you there.

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