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Everyone has that one special moment when it really starts to feel like Christmas. It might be shopping Thanksgiving weekend, baking cookies or buying the tree.

For me, it is that magical moment while stuck in traffic when I am taken unawares by a phalanx of motorcycles zooming by carrying giant stuffed bears on the back. That is truly the spirit of Christmas.

The bikers are part of an annual Toys for Tots run that takes place all over the country. Unwrapped toys worth at least 10 dollars may be dropped off at one of these locations.

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Toys for the Spark of Love LAFD Toy Drive can be dropped off at any fire station, or the DWP's Holiday Light Festival. For some real excitement, try to catch theHoliday Toy Express, a Metrolink decorated with over 50,000 lights. The Holiday Toy Express will have Santa aboard as well as a live show.

Tomorrow night, Friday December 14, The Midnight Ridazz will be riding from points all over Los Angeles and converging at Olvera Street at 10:30pm. For meet-ups and route maps, check out the website. Bring a new, unwrapped toy - you know the drill.

More opportunities to help after the jump!

All 14 Los Angeles County locations of Maui Wowi (Coffees and Smoothies) will be participating in a Toy Drive for LA Children's Hospital

UNITY TREE Toy Drive - Inspired by the lighting of the 100-foot holiday tree at New York's Rockefeller Center, Bobbie Parks, wife of Councilman Bernard C. Parks, formed the Marlton Square Christmas Tree Committee and teamed with Greater Bethany E.D.C. to put her plan in motion. This year the entire park will be lit. Food and entertainment will also be featured at this event, which will take place at dusk on Nov. 26 in Leimert Park. The gift giveaway will take place at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the same location. Toys may be dropped off at the iconic Vision Theater, or the office of Bernard Parks.

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BothKnott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain are offering free admission when you bring a new, unwrapped toy with you.

Knott's Berry Farm
December 1-2, 8-9, & 15-16
Bring a brand new toy valued at $10 or more (not gift wrapped) to donate to Toys for Tots and you'll receive free admission to Knott's.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
December 2, 8 and 9.
Toys For The Holidays
Six Flags Magic Mountain will offer free admission to anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more to the theme park. Price tag and/or receipt should accompany the toys. All toys collected during the three-day event will be distributed by UPS to thousands of children at over 28 Boys and Girls Clubs in Southern California. The Clubs provide a safe haven and positive learning environment for underprivileged children between the ages of
6 and 18.

Let us know about other toy drives in your area!

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