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Season of Giving

December 13, 2021

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA—Vejar Elementary students delivered special holiday gifts during the annual Spark of Love toy drive on December 13.

The children filed through by grade level dropping off new toys to local firefighters from Walnut Station #61.

“It’s always such a great time to embrace the spirit of giving with our students,” said Principal Dr. Whitney Prenger.

“We hope that the morning brings light and energy to our students and staff while we support the local community during the holidays!”

The Spark of Love toy drive is co-sponsored by Southland Firefighters and KABC7.

“We want to thank Vejar Elementary for all the wonderful toys!” said Captain John Gatt about the presents that would later be delivered to needy children throughout Southern California.

Continuing their long-standing tradition, the firemen even sang “Jingle Bells” to students over the school intercom before the program began.

Live entertainment was provided by the Diamond Bar High School Commercial Music Program during the walk-through experience that began at 9 a.m.

The program was co-hosted by the Vejar Community Club.

“We’re so excited to be a part of this event and spread joy to all of the kids,” said President Amy Deyampert.

Classes were eager to pose for photos with the firefighter heroes and Santa Claus.

“Ho, Ho, Ho - wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!” said the jolly bearded fellow.


Vejar Elementary students donate gifts during the Spark of Love toy drive on December 13.

Diamond Bar High Commercial Music Program provided live entertainment during the Vejar Spark of Love holiday program. 

Vejar Elementary classes pose for photos during the walk-through Spark of Love experience