Escondido, CA

Toy Drive distributes nearly 15,000 stuffed animals

Children at Rady’s Children’s Hospital’s Audiology Department enjoy the “gift of sound.”

Three girls enjoy fair stuffed animals from the Care ‘n Share Toy Drive.

The Care ‘n Share Toy Drive 2017, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club, announced that it distributed over 14,700 new and gently used stuffed animals as a result of its collection drive during the San Diego County Fair. See related letter to the editor, this issue.

“We could not have done this without the wonderful support of the community.” said Nancy Stoke, chairman. “The smiles on the faces of the children who receive the donations make it so worthwhile!”

The stuffed animal donations have been distributed to Escondido Rotary Club, Promises2Kids, Foundation for the Children of the Californias, Dignity Delivery, SDPD SE Division Juvenile Services Team, Rady Children’s Hospital Audiology Dept. and many other organizations serving health and welfare needs of children in the region.

Founded by Nancy Stoke in 2008, the Care ‘n Share Toy Drive has distributed over 55,000 toys to put smiles on the faces of children in need. For more information or to donate, go to

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