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Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love Gets a Huge Help from FremantleMedia

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love program received a huge gift Tuesday, December 12, when they met with Burbank-based FremantleMedia, a local television production company of famed shows such as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Price is Right and American Gods, at Toy’s R Us.

Approximately a dozen Fremantle employees filled shopping cart after shopping cart with toys, bikes, games, coloring books and more, to total $15,000.

The firefighters of the Burbank Fire Department were present with a large utility truck and a truck company to help get the festive load back to the station.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burbank Fire Captain John Freeborn, who heads up the campaign every year, was assisted by other firefighters as they all helped Fremantle employees wheel out over 25 shopping carts and load everything on the trucks.

Fremantle called the donation very successful and said they were thrilled to give back to the Burbank Fire Department and the local community.

The toys collected by Burbank Fire will be donated to Family Service Agency who will then pass out the toys to needy children in the Burbank community.

Fire Dept. Calls For Toy & Gift Donations At City Tree Lighting Ceremony

In the midst of the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive, the Burbank Fire Department asks members of the community to bring a new unwrapped toy or gift to donate at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the front steps of City Hall, located at 275 E. Olive Ave. Burbank firefighters and Little Squirt will collect unwrapped toys, gifts and sporting goods from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Santa will arrive at the party on Burbank Fire Truck 11. Entertainment at the event includes Mickey and Minnie Mouse, dancers, singers and more. After the ceremony, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

“Everything collected is distributed to our local families within Burbank,” commented Captain Peter Hendrickson of the Fire Prevention Bureau. “Toys are distributed through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Family Service Agency of Burbank.”

Burbank Firefighters L/R Engineer John Freeborn, Captain Mark Hatch, and Firefighter Clint Coe, prepare for this years 'Spark of Love Toy Drive'.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters L/R Engineer John Freeborn, Captain Mark Hatch, and Firefighter Clint Coe, prepare for this years ‘Spark of Love Toy Drive’. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport Police and Fire Departments are also accepting donations for Spark of Love, with collection boxes in the main terminal Police substation and at the airport Fire Department.

“We get a lot of toys for younger children, ” commented Capt. Chad Peterson of the Airport Fire Department. “but are always short on teen and infant items.”

Suggested items for teens include:  MP3s, cameras, watches, jewelry, sunglasses, earbuds, cell phone cases, skateboards, Razor scooters, sports equipment, purses, bags, make-up brushes, blow dryers, flat irons and hot iron tools.

The Burbank Fire Department continues to collect toys and gifts for children and teens in the community of Burbank at every Fire Station through December 24. The Spark of Love is a Southern California toy collection campaign and partnership between ABC7 and local fire departments to provide holiday cheer for underserved area children and teens.


Burbank Firefighters Still Collecting Toys for ‘Spark of Love’

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Fire Department welcomed the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express to the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station on Sunday, December 9. The train, carrying Santa and many of his helpers, will stop to help collect toys for the ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Holiday Toy Express is a 450-ton train decorated with over 50,000 lights which features a special car. For the past 16 years, the train has traveled all through Southern California making 41 stops annually, collecting gifts for underprivileged families, while sharing holiday family entertainment and music. Toys collected at the Burbank event will be distributed to children within Burbank.

In addition, the Weinerschnitzel Weinerwagon was at the event and served meals to everyone who brought an unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Photo Gallery: Burbank Fire Department Meets Up With Santa’s Train To Help Kids

Each year the Burbank Firefighters get together with MetroLink as they host an event to collect toys for less fortunate children to make sure everyone has something.

BurbankNBeyond’s Deborah Dodge was on hand to capture all of the excitement of the evening.

November is ‘BTAC’ Month

For the eighth consecutive year, the Burbank City Council has declared  November “Burbank Temporary Aid Center Month,” and we’ve already seen the start of several events held throughout ‘BTAC Month’ to assist BTAC in helping Burbank’s working poor, needy seniors, and homeless.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center have kicked off Food Drives for Thanksgiving items distributed to BTAC clients for Holiday Meals.  The Glendale CPA firm Larson & Rosenberger, LLC is conducting its annual ‘Turkey Trot Challenge’ with the goal of gathering 4,000 lbs. of Turkey!

Among the single day events, on Nov. 8 the Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery in Burbank will conduct one of BTAC’s most popular fundraisers, a “tapping.”  Gordon Biersch’s WinterBok will make its 2011 premier appearance at the tasting event, which includes raffles and auctions for Gordon Biersch gift items, all to benefit BTAC.

Other ‘BTAC Month’ events include more food drives, fundraisers, toy collections and related efforts. ‘BTAC Month’ encourages the community to work together in helping those who need it most.

“The level of need in our community has soared in recent years, and it’s even had an impact on those who have been our reliable supporters for years,” said Barbara Howell, BTAC’s Executive Director.  “So with BTAC’s every day challenge of keeping pantry shelves stocked for the upcoming holiday season, we’re facing requests for assistance at record levels, and looking for resources to help make up for those who were once our supporters having had to cut back, or even become clients.”

“This community has always been a tremendous ally and asset for us,” Howell said.  “The holidays are always extremely busy for BTAC.  But ‘BTAC Month’ helps us prepare for that,” Howell said.

Here are details on the Gordon Biersch “Tapping Event.”  It’s followed by a listing of all the events throughout November.  For more information, call (818) 848-2822, ext.110, or consult our web site at www.TheBTAC.org At the web site you will also find a list of the food items most urgently needed.

WHAT:   “WinterBok Tapping Event”

WHERE:            Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 145 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 8, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please, help by publicizing, attending and/or donating to all of these events!

1st – 16th:     Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Food Drive 2244 N. Buena Vista Street and at 10 after-school programs located on elementary and middle school campuses.

1st – 19th:  Larson & Rosenberger, LLC Turkey Trot Challenge.  Goal:  4,000 lbs. of turkey!

7th – 21st:   Providence St. Joseph Medical Center hosts Food Drive for Thanksgiving items.

8th:    Tapping of the new WinterBok at Gordon Biersch.  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

12th – 19th:  Scouting for Food (Boy Scouts).  Scouts distribute bags on the 12th.  Then leave food on your doorstep for the Scouts to pick up on the 19th.

14th- 18th:  Producers & Writers Guild Pension & Health Fund Food Drive

16th – 17th:  Annual Yahoo! Turkey Drive 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Yahoo! lobby

       Warner Bros. employees IMPACT afternoon of service and Turkey Delivery
       Turkey’s delivered by ReMax In Action The Brad Korb Team

19th:  Rotary Food Drive at Ralph’s on N. San Fernando Rd.  8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

20th:   Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Forest Lawn, North Chapel 7:00 p.m.
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Burbank
•       Flappers Comedy Club hosts “Bail Out’ Thanksgiving Dinner.  Tickets $25
•       Burbank Airport Marriott Turkey Drive

24th:  Thanksgiving Morning!  Burbank Community YMCA’s Turkey Trot and Food Drive.  321 E. Magnolia 6:30 a.m. – the last runner crossing the finish line.

Month-long Food Drives and Activities
       The Brad Korb Team RE/MAX in Action:  Socks drive
       Burbank City Federal Credit Union Food Drive 1800 W. Magnolia Blvd.
       City of Burbank Departmental Food Drives and activities
       Clear Talent Group Food Drive
       Escrows, Inc. Food Drive, 3520 W. Magnolia Blvd.
       Lockheed Federal Credit Union  New Toy Drive:  2340 N. Hollywood Way
       Office of Dr. Stephen McNeese, 2701 W Alameda Ave Ste 602
       My Eye Media Food Drive, 3515 W. Pacific Avenue

Continuing through Christmas –

Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy/Gift collection
(All Burbank Fire Stations)

Media City Mall Food and Gift collection