Families

Want to be Santa’s Helper? It’s Toys for Tots Time at County Airports

What would be cooler: getting to be Santa’s helper, or putting a holiday smile on the face of a less fortunate child here in San Diego County?

The County can help you do both! Just drop off a new, unwrapped toy in one of the annual Toys for Tots donation boxes at one of four County of San Diego airports: McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Fallbrook Airpark in Fallbrook, or Ramona Airport in Ramona.

Or if you’d prefer, you can donate your toy in person to uniformed Marines at one of two special events: Saturday, Dec. 7 at Ramona Airport and Saturday, Dec. 14 at Fallbrook Airpark.

Donations can include new, unwrapped toys, bikes, games, dolls, stuffed animals and just about anything that will help brighten up a child’s holidays. Pilots can fly in to deliver their donations at the airports.

All donated toys will be given out to children in San Diego County communities.

The two special toy collection events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Ramona Airport and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Fallbrook Airpark.

So, go ahead! Be Santa’s helper and help the County of San Diego and Marine Corps put smiles on the faces of local kids. Drop off a new toy for a child.

  • Fallbrook Airpark: 2155 Air Park Road, Fallbrook
  • Gillespie Field: 1960 Joe Crosson Drive, El Cajon
  • McClellan Palomar Airport:  2198 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad
  • Ramona Airport: 2926 Montecito Road, Ramona

For more information, contact the Fallbrook Airpark at (760) 723-8395 or Ramona Airport at (760) 788-3366.

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact