This was the 1st Toys for Tots toy run I’ve been able to do with ED4. In preparation in addition to going Toys R Us & another toy store to buy toys to donate, I also attached a wreath to my bumper/hi lift jack to decorate my camouflage painted Bronco. I arrived at the appointed meeting spot just a few minutes before the 9AM planned departure time. Several members were already there & in line. I parked & Sierra, my Black Lab, & I got out to meet & greet ED4 members & family. Also the Z car club that Mike Phorn also belongs to had several cars there.
Santa & Mrs Claus (AKA Darell & Kathy) arrived in a well decorated pick up and had hot chocolate & donuts for the group. Santa led the drive to downtown San Jose. I think there were about 10 ED4 vehicles & 5 or 6 Z cars.
I was very impressed with the set up to drop off toys. Many very sharp looking Marines & some SJPD officers directed vehicles into the drop off lane & assisted in unloading toys so it truly was a drop off toy drive. The whole plaza was decorated with Xmas trees at least what was visible from the drop off. Each vehicle received a carnation & a Xmas CD as well as a thank you for participating.
It was a very fun & special way to celebrate the spirit of the season. People went their own way after the toy drop off. I did some more Xmas shopping & then went home to prepare for the ED4 party at the train depot a great way to wrap up a fun ED4 filled day.