After saving the largest Santa Claus in the world, and building a small theme park around him, we started giving away toys to underprivileged kids. This annual event, taking place one week before Christmas, now presents gifts to more than three thousand kids who might otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. Over the years, we have given away tens of thousands of toys and gifts.
We now partner with the Oxnard Police Dept., Ventura County Sheriffs Dept., California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Probation, Oxnard Fire Dept. and Ventura County Fire Dept. These officers are on the front line, rain or shine, handing out the toys, and building strong relationships with our youth.
Each year, the entire street in front of the Santa is closed to allow the kids to line up and celebrate our special gift giving bonanza. Handing out these gifts is a smiling peace officer from city or county ranks, as well as our Firefighters. Additionally, each child gets a raffle ticket. After all the gifts are given, we raffle off several grand prizes, such as bikes, cameras, Wii games etc. to make this even more of a special day for our kids.
All runners are asked to bring an UNWRAPPED toy or gift of at least $20 in value to the event. Toys can be dropped off during Packet Pick Up at Marine Emporium OR see below for start line drop off.
Half Marathoners: Please bring an unwrapped toy or gift of at least $20 to Saturday’s Packet Pick Up or Sunday’s Start Line in front of the giant Santa Statue.
Quarter Marathon Runners: Please bring an unwrapped toy or gift of at least $20 to Saturday’s Packet Pick Up or Sunday’s Start Line at Plaza Park.
5K and 1K Kids Fun Runners: Please bring an unwrapped toy or gift of at least $20 to Saturday’s Packet Pick Up or Sunday’s Start Line at the Marine Emporium/EXPO area.
Thank you, for helping our kids have a great Christmas. -Mike Barber
What Kind of Toy/Gift to Bring: In addition to toys, we have many infants (ages 0–6 months) that need sleepers and clothing. We also have many older children who need gifts as well, so please remember to bring something for them. For teen girls…clothing, makeup, curling irons, jewelry, etc. are great gifts. For teen boys…gift cards to food places, Target, Walmart, etc. are perfect for them.
Santa To The Sea “The Cause” was produced by Jody Nelson of Nelson Films20