‘Tis the season to give.

At least that’s what the youth volunteers from the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be doing. The group plans to collect and distribute toys and gifts for children and teens in Santa Monica and the local community as part of the annual “Spark of Love Toy Drive.”

In its 18th year, the toy drive aims to provide a dose of holiday cheer to those in need during the season.

Unwrapped toys, games, books, school supplies and items appropriate for teens between 14 and 18 can be dropped off at the Santa Monica Red Cross or any Santa Monica Fire Department station.

Families needing toys can sign up to receive them at the Santa Monica Red Cross, located at 1450 11th St.

Last year, the drive collected over 500,000 toys in the five-county area.

The toy drive runs until Dec. 24.

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