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A Day of Giving

Story by Monica Asbury & Glenn Billings
Photos by
Monica Asbury, Jim Stroms, Gary Ambrose, & Gary Labb

 

The Toys for Tots event at the Central Park Picnic Shelter in Huntington Beach was held under dueling skies with clouds and sun. Several Porsches filled with family members and toys came, went and stayed throughout the activity-filled day.


The displays and demonstrations from the Huntington Beach Police Department were incredible, thanks in large part to newly elected President Monica Asbury, and PCA-OCR Member, Lt. Bo Svendsbo of HBDP, as he was able to enlist Officers Wilson and Marco to showcase their K9 skills; Equestrian Unit Officers Lamboo, Flynn and Stoeckline with their Police Quarter horses Rowdy, Drifter and Jack; and HBPD’s impressive static SWAT display, BEAR, manned by Officers Hill and Spruill who displayed their arsenal and answered questions. First-timers, Huntington Beach’s Fire Department who maneuvered their Fire Engine and Hazardous Materials Unit to round out the field.


Then there were the Marines, by far the enormity of their two M777A2 lightweight-towed Howitzers stood out amongst the crowd. These ‘guns’ have a range of 25 miles! USMC also drove in two humvees escorted by twelve troops and six Dress Blues.


When the light went out on the BBQ, and well over 170 OCR families and friends were fed, and treated to a special guest appearance by Lance Salans, there were thirty-two (32) 4’ high USMC boxes filled with toys and $10,200 donated to the USMC Toys for Tots Program! Truly, this Club has the spirit of giving and enriching lives of others!


PCA-OCR holds the record for the most toys collected of any organization in Orange County, and thanks to YOU, we think we’re going to keep that record!


Of special note, two of the six USMC Dress Blues assigned to our event were themselves, recipients of Toys for Tots, so PCA-OCR’s toy drive had a very special meaning to them. THANK YOU PCA-OCR for your generosity!


Special thanks to Michelle Larsson of Circle Porsche for her continued support and sponsorship of PCA-OCR’s Annual Toy Drive and to the many volunteers who fueled this event.

 

This story and photos can be found in the January 2020 Pando on pages 8-13

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