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By: Jessyka Heredia


December 15, 2023 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Toy Drive is on its fourth year of providing free toys to Lemon Grove kids. Kids Fashion Week Network’s (KFWN) annual Toy Drive and Giveaway has become a staple in the community of Lemon Grove. Last year over 700 toys were collected at local businesses throughout Lemon Grove and were later distributed to residents at a festive holiday giveaway. 

KFW’s Director of Events, Aubree Russell. Told ECM, “The community shows up in major ways for the toy drive and Kids Fashion Week Network could not be more grateful for everyone’s continuous support.”

This year the Lemon Grove Toy Drive has a new Santa, and you would never be able to guess that this professional Santa is a woman! Ronda Guile, known as Santa Argyle of Romona, has been a professional Santa for 8 years and is a proud member of the Worldwide Santa Claus Network. From the look, the voice, the walk, and even the seating of Santa, KFN bet you could not tell the difference!

Santa Argyle exclaimed, “I just fell into this calling as a favor for a friend some years ago. Once I put on the suit; it happened, the moment I looked in the mirror. My heart jumped a beat, and the Spirit of the Season was reborn in a twinkle in my own eyes... I was Santa Claus.”

Interested participants can drop off unopened and unwrapped toys in one of the tall decorative boxes that Santa Argyle’s little helpers have placed at Larry H. Miller Toyota located at 6800 Federal Blvd up until 9 A.M. this Saturday or you can also drop off at the Lemon Grove Heartland Fire Station located at 7853 Central Avenue.

The big giveaway will take place on Saturday December 16, 10am-Noon at Larry H. Miller Toyota of Lemon Grove. Attendees can expect vendors, Coffee and food, festive music, lots of pictures, and the opportunity to put in their Christmas wishes with the historic Santa 


To receive a toy children must be present and bring proof of Lemon Grove Residency.

KFWN wants to Thank their sponsors Lemon Grove Lions Club and Lemon Grove Forward Club and to U-Haul of Lemon Grove for donating the boxes.

The Kids Fashion Week Network is a talent incubator that prepares young designers, models, and entrepreneurs for their careers in the FAB industries (Fashion, Art, Business) by providing platforms and engaging opportunities; spotlighting fashion innovations and celebrating creative excellence!

For more information about KFW Network, please visit our website at KFWNetwork.com.

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