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Residents Sad To See Local Toys R Us Close

Among Toys R Us’ 735 locations throughout the country, Burbank will soon lose the toy retailer which declared bankruptcy last month. Several residents who have a nostalgic attachment to the store are sad to see it go.

For many, Toys R Us has provided job opportunities for entry-level positions. As the store goes through the closing process, they continue to look for new employees to hire as cashiers, stock crew, and sales team members.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Luke Meadows, 27, grew up in Burbank and had his first job working for the toy retailer during the Christmas season of 2008.

“I think fondly of my time there. I learned how to work in chaos. Christmas season was understandably intense,” said Meadows. “I remember seeing customers arguing over toys and learning how to handle conflict like that.”

As a child, Meadows would frequent the store to engage with a community of other kids who enjoyed playing Pokemon.

“I feel its bittersweet to see the store go. It’s a place I used to go to Saturday mornings for their Pokémon league as a young child.”

America Burke, 32, grew up with a single mother who worked for the Salvation Army. Every December, they would station in front of Toys R Us to collect donations.

“I was allowed to be with her during the morning shifts and I would help by asking for donations underneath the bright and happy lights of the Toys R Us sign,” said Burke. “My mother would naturally allow me to go inside the store to look at the toys if I promised to behave myself.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Coming full circle, Burke visited the store for the first time since childhood and ran into a young girl collecting donations outside for the Salvation Army.

“I proceeded to go inside to purchase a few Christmas presents. When I came out, I walked directly to the little girl and handed her a few toys and treats and said, ‘Merry Christmas!’ and seeing her eyes light up and how happy she looked melted my heart.”

“I got really sad hearing that it would close as I have many more wonderful memories tied to this Toys R Us. I will miss it dearly,” said Burke.

Liquidation sales began March 23.

Burbank’s Toys R Us is located at 683 N. Victory Blvd.

UMe Credit Union Once Again Accepting Toys for “Santa’s Room”

As a long standing Burbank Credit Union, UMe is committed to supporting the local community. For the third consecutive year, UMeHelps — a community focused outreach program of UMe Credit Union — will be collecting toys, books and games to support “Santa’s Room.”

Me, UME -3Santa’s Room is a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that collects toys, books and games for Burbank children who otherwise would not have presents to look forward to on Christmas morning. The program helps to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes by supporting parents under financial strain. Local parents who request assistance with Christmas gifts are able to visit Santa’s Room to “shop” for their children and choose from the donated gifts.

Through UMeHelps, the UMe Credit Union and its members, along with the Burbank community, can give back to local charities and individuals in need. UMeHelps has supported local organizations by conducting food and clothing drives, pet adoptions, participating in fundraising efforts and building awareness of local programs that people in the community can help support.

Me, UME -4To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the Credit Union from November 3 through December 5, 2014. Visit umecreditunion.com for a link to a complete list of acceptable donation items, found in the “news and announcements section” on the home page or see the list below.

In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – we’re asking UMe members to help us collect new toy donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s “Santa’s Room” program. Donation items should be new and unwrapped – and may be dropped off at the Credit Union, November 3 through December 5, during business hours.

Acceptable toy donation items are as follows:

  • Action Figures & Collectibles
  • Arts & Crafts Items
  • Bikes, Skates & Skateboards
  • Blocks
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Building & Construction Sets
  • Cars, Trucks & Accessories
  • CDs
  • Dolls & Accessories
  • Electronics
  • iTunes Gift Cards
  • Learning & Educational Toys
  • Legos
  • Movies
  • Musical Instruments
  • Play Vehicles
  • Pretend Play & Dress Up
  • Puppets
  • Puzzles
  • Radio Control Toys
  • Sports & Outdoor Play Items
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Teen Jewelry

NOTE: Donation items received after this year’s Santa’s Room shopping dates will be added to next year’s Santa’s Room.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, please call Anita Hutchinson at (818) 238.2900 x240.

UMe Credit Union Helps to Spread Holiday Joy

As a Credit Union, UMe’s mission includes “people helping people.” So, for the second year in a row, UMeHelps will be collecting toys and books for Burbank Children 16 and under to make their holiday season just a little brighter.

UMeHelps is supporting Santa’s Room, a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that collects toys, books and games for Burbank children who otherwise would not have presents to look forward to on Christmas morning. The program helps to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes and helps parents who are under financial strain provide joy to their children. Local parents who request assistance with Christmas are able to visit Santa’s Room to “shop” for their children and chose from the donated gifts.

UMeHelps is an initiative that allows UMe Credit Union, its members, and the Burbank community at large give back to local charities and individuals who are in need of help.

UMeHelps has supported local organizations in need by conducting food and clothing drives, pet adoptions, and participating in fundraising efforts – in addition to promoting awareness of local programs that people in the community can help support.

To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the credit union from November 1-December 6, 2013. Visit umecreditunion.com for a link to a complete list of acceptable donation items – just go to the “news and announcements section” on the home page.

We look forward to seeing you at the credit union and helping spread Santa’s Gifts!

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, please call Anita Hutchinson at 818) 238.2900, x240.

Acceptable toy donation items are as follows:

° Action Figures & Collectibles

° Arts & Crafts Items

° Bikes, Skates & Skateboards

° Blocks

° Board Games

° Books

° Building & Construction Sets

° Cars, Trucks & Accessories

° CDs

° Dolls & Accessories

° Electronics

°iTunes Gift Cards

° Learning & Educational Toys

° Legos

° Movies

° Musical Instruments

° Play Vehicles

° Pretend Play & Dress Up

° Puppets

° Puzzles

° Radio Control Toys

° Sports & Outdoor Play Items

° Stuffed Animals

° Teen Jewelry

NOTE: Donation items received after this year’s Santa’s Room shopping dates will be added to next year’s Santa’s Room.

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)

UMe Credit Union Launches Holiday UMeHelps Project Event to help “Santa’s Room”

In conjunction with Giving Tuesday, UMe Credit Union launched a new UMeHelps project this morning: UMeHelps Santa’s Room! In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – UMe Credit Union is collecting new toy donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s “Santa’s Room” program. Donation items should be new and unwrapped – and may be dropped off at the Credit Union anytime during the month of December.

Kaena Becker and Judy Sherman of the UMe Credit Union kickoff People Helping People Day by helping BTAC collect toys for “Santa’s Room” (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Santa’s Room is a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that has been operating for over 20 years collecting new toys, books and games for Burbank children, ages 16 and younger, who would not otherwise have much to look forward to on Christmas morning. At Santa’s Room, Burbank parents who request assistance with Christmas are able to “shop” for their child(ren) and select gifts from the available pool of donated items.

BTAC is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster.

UMeHelps is an initiative designed for the credit union to give back to the Burbank community at large, and for its members to also participate in the process. UMeHelps kicked off on June 1st with a month-long food drive to benefit BTAC, with over 500 items collected.

To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the credit union throughout the month of December. Visit umecreditunion.com for a complete list of acceptable donation items, in the news & announcements section.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, call Anita Hutchinson at 818) 238.2900 ext. 240.