ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) — Santa took trip of his busy schedule to cease by Pancho’s Restaurant in Orange Thursday, the place virtually 200 new bikes had been able to be donated to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

It is turn out to be a 12-year custom for the group group.

“Began out with simply the little plastic toys after which all people acquired concerned, and it grew and grew and grew and we are able to now afford bikes, and it is simply sort of blown up through the years,” stated restaurant proprietor Greg Badgwell.

“Simply began with a couple of hundred {dollars} and the subsequent factor you recognize, it become this mega factor,” stated longtime buyer Pat Mansur. “It is simply for associates, household and the children – that is what that is all about.”

The restaurant rallies its regulars for the trigger, which incorporates people and a quantity of small enterprise homeowners.

“There’s quite a bit of youngsters that go with out. We’re fortunate to have the ability to donate what we do,” stated Rob Walters from SoCal Bobcat. “That is why we convey these different youngsters, to indicate them that there is not different youngsters as fortunate.”

The day began early at Walmart, the place they picked the bikes up. Then the Orange County Transportation Authority pitched in to offer the vans whereas the Orange Fireplace Division lent their time and vitality.

“There’s so many individuals that acquired concerned – it is simply superior,” stated Badgwell. “It will get higher and higher yearly so it is simply cool.”

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