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Vista Las Palmas Organization Hosts Home Tour

Collects Toys of Community’s Children

Post Date:12/21/2007

Contact: Cindy Uken
Communications Director
City of Palm Springs

December 17, 2007

Hoping to help ensure every child has a gift to open on Christmas morning, residents of the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization combined their first Holiday Home Tour with a toy drive designed specifically to help Palm Springs youth.

The Holiday Home Tour, already destined to become an annual event, featured seven holiday-decorated homes in the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood, said Sheila Cobrin, President of the Neighborhood Organization.

“I was an opportunity to see how some of the neighbors decorated for the holidays, enjoy good food and socialize with our neighbors,” Cobrin said. The tour was a huge success. There were seven great homes, and seven great hosts and hostesses. At the last home there was a Santa Claus. We will definitely do this again next year.”

But the three-hour tour on Sunday evening was about so much more than socializing. The price of entry was a toy valued at $10 or more for distribution to children in need.

“In the true holiday spirit, it was a charity even to benefit children in the Palm Springs Community,” Cobrin said. “No child should go without something for Christmas, and of course children like toys so that was the thrust of our decision. We wanted to work with an agency that is very important to our wellbeing in the City, and to be sure children in Palm Springs received them, so we worked with the Palm Springs Fire Department to help collect and distribute them.”

Palm Springs residents who are interested in organizing their neighborhoods should call Lee Husfeldt, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations, at 323-8255.

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