Elves Desperately Needed: Let’s Get Toys to Children of Valley Fire Victims


The Valley Fire was the Nightmare Before Christmas for many children whose homes were destroyed when flames ripped through Lake County killing four and leaving thousands homeless. Pay It Forward Humboldt’s Desirae Hadley wants to change that by bringing Christmas in October to the kids who were impacted.

“We wanted to bring the children a smile,” Hadley said. “They’ve seen…I can’t even imagine…having everything you own destroyed is unimaginable.” She’s asking for toys and books (no clothing) to bring down this Saturday.

With twinkling lights and candy canes already appearing in stores, maybe Hadley’s idea might work. But she’s worried. Not as many toys have been donated as there are children expected to show up.

“We have a whole trailer I wish we could fill!!” she wrote. “I need it by tomorrow night I have to leave town early Saturday. This is the last 24 hours. The children will be coming by Hardesters in Middletown this Saturday at 2pm. I will be there with a van of some toys, but unfortunately we are very short!”

If you want to make sure there are enough toys for all the kids, you can drop off donations at the Lithia dealership in Eureka by Friday at 7 p.m. so Hadley can head down to Lake County early Saturday morning! Unwrapped gifts needed for all ages from babies through teenagers– new or very gently used toys or books.

Drop off information:

Lithia Motors

4320 Broadway Eureka

Not in Eureka? Contact Pay It Forward Humboldt for a possible special pickup.



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