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Lompoc American Legion Post 211 holds fundraiser for Toys for Tots

LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc American Legion Post 211 held a motorcycle drive and fundraiser for Toys for Tots in honor of a late member, Big George, who ran the event in prior years.

“Today's event is in honor of Georgie Biglee who was a primary donor to Toys for Tots,” said Ted Jackson, a coordinator for the event.

Riders donated toys or proceeds to Toys for Tots.

“Every child deserves a toy, at times in life you can't afford a toy, but when you can afford a toy and you can support that program, especially Toys for Tots, it's about the gift of giving,” said First Sergeant Soledad Kennedy, a retired Marine Corps and Toys For Tots coordinator.

The late Big George was the original event organizer and the Legion is caring on the tradition.

“In his honor, we are recognizing his involvement from the last 17 years plus before he passed away,” said First Sergeant Kennedy.

“I can't give any more thanks to Toys for Tots for giving back to the community. Giving back to kids that can't afford the toys,” said honoree James Downing, Big George's grandson.

Donors enjoyed a BBQ dinner and prizes from a raffle.

“We want to let people know the community that supports the community stays within that community. So the funds, the toys, the rides and all the events is all about the community involved,” said First Sergeant Kennedy.

Coordinators for the event estimated they received over 300 toys.

“I really appreciate Toys for Tots for stepping up and putting on this event. I couldn't be more happy to be apart of it,” said Downing.

Last Christmas, Toys for Toys received over 10,000 toys that went to over 6,000 families in Santa Barbara County and Santa Maria.

Article Topic Follows: Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County

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