Firefighters across the region have kicked their Christmas toy drives into high gear in advance of Metrolink's Holiday Toy Express tour of 32 cities through mid-December.
Organizers are encouraging the public to drop new, unwrapped toys off at local fire stations and at Metrolink platforms as a specially decorated train decked out in 50,000 Christmas lights makes its rounds. And of course, Santa will be riding the locomotive.
The campaign typically collects thousands of toys that are distributed to local needy families ahead of Christmas.
The Holiday Toy Express is scheduled to make stops at the Metrolink stations in downtown Burbank and Glendale at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively, on Dec. 11.
Glendale firefighters have also organized a toy drop-off at the Armenian Community & Youth Center at 2633 Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.
-- Jason Wells, Times Community News
Photo: The Holiday Toy Express arrives in 2007 at the Burbank station. Credit: Times Community News