Fire Truck Toys For Kids – For many children this Christmas, Santa will arrive with a big red fire engine on a bicycle to give them and, if not a bicycle, some other toys collected by members of the Marazzito family who are committed to carrying out the toy tradition they started more than a decade ago .
Every year, staff and management at Drifters Cocktail Lounge begin the final month of this year to encourage customers and the wider community to donate Christmas gifts to their annual toy drive. On Friday morning, Santa’s sleigh – aka the big red fire engine from Los Angeles County Fire Station No. 107 – stop at the Drifters bar across the street on Soledad Canyon Road and load a number of toys donated over the past month.
Fire Truck Toys For Kids
“We usually give presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas,” said Captain John Rossi, referring to firefighters on duty in the days who were happy to do tasks such as their fairies giving gifts to children in need.
Although many donated items found their way in Los Angeles County, Rossi and his help team “ensured that many local children got them,” he said, adding that many recipients of toys ended up in the hands of children living in the mobile home parks in Soledad and Sierra Highway.
The toy drive was started by Dennis Marazzito Sr.
Last season, however, his brother, Joe Marazzito, and Dennis’s son, Dennis Marazzito Jr., took their coats and began working together, to maintain the tradition, after the death of its founder Dennis Marazzito Sr ..
The two surviving Marazzito men were on hand to greet Rossi and his team when the fire truck stopped at the front door of the Drifters.
“That was something my father started a long time ago and we decided to continue the tradition,” said Dennis Marazzito Jr. on Friday.
When his 5-year-old son, Hendrix, sped from toys to toys, examined items collected, the tradition was already celebrated by the next generation of Marazzitos.
This year marks the 10th year the exchange of toy drives has taken place between Drifters and Fire Extinguishers, with the help of Marazzito business partner, Johnny Schwinn.
“My father only has a big heart and when he gets older and starts making money, he starts this,” said Dennis Marazzito. “He loves everyone and he especially loves children.”
And, especially beyond that, he loves children on a bicycle.
“He helps children who don’t have much,” he said. “And, my father was very happy to show everyone the bicycle.”
Marazzito’s father was happy to see the faces of children lit when they were given bicycles as gifts. And, even though he wasn’t here to see them, there would be lots of burning faces on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Marazzito, good Dennis Jr. and Joe, having a lot of Santa’s helpers they want to thank including: Clipper K-9 Chrissy; Rose Marazzito, people at VFW # 6885 and employees of Drifters.