The Merced County Human Services Agency, in partnership with the Merced County Fire Department, Merced Barnes and Noble, The Bus and the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ladies Aerie #2194, will be holding their annual Operation Holiday Toy Drive and “Stuff The Bus” event to provide holiday gifts for foster children and teens, and other at-risk youth in Merced County.

The need is great and we need your help with donations of new, unwrapped toys, new blankets and clothing, gifts cards and monetary donations. Our teens are those highest in need this year and every year.

The “Stuff The Bus” event will be on Saturday, November 30th, in the Merced Barnes and Noble parking lot off Olive Avenue and Austin Avenue. Stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to drop off a donation and help “Stuff The Bus!” Santa Claus, Santa’s Elves and Fire Personnel will be on hand to accept your donations.

The Cupcake Lady will also be in attendance and 20% of the sales will go to the toy drive.

Gift collection barrels can also be found at 21 retail locations throughout Merced County from October 26th through December 6th.

If you would like additional information, please call CJ Jones at (209) 385-3000, Ext. 5285.