Santa’s Toy Drive

Our annual toy give-away will be held at Santa Claus Park the weekend after the race.

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 one 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, 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.

A Santa to the Sea Tradition

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.

Bring A Gift

Half Marathon­ers and Relay: On race morn­ing, please bring an un-wrapped toy or gift of at least $10.00 to the giant Santa statue at the start­ing line. 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run­ners: On race morn­ing, please bring an un-wrapped toy or gift of at least $10.00 to the Marine Emporium/EXPO area. Thank you, for help­ing our kids have a great Christmas. -Mike Bar­ber

All runners are asked to bring an UNWRAPPED toy or gift of at least $10 in value to the event.

Our Half Marathoners and Relay runners can drop off their toy at the Starting Line Santa Statue. Our 5K runners can drop off their toy at the Finish Line/EXPO, in the Marine Emporium Landing, before the race begins.

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.

You Can Really Brighten a Kid’s Christmas!


Santa To The Sea “The Cause” was produced by Jody Nelson of Nelson Films