For 15 years, Nancy Stoke at the Torrey Pines Rotary Club has been collecting toys at the Del Mar Fair.  Each year, she and her team of dedicated volunteers set up collection boxes and collect toys and stuffed animals from willing participants.  Volunteers interact with departing Fair guests to encourage donations of toys won at the Fair, answer questions, arrange for hand-offs of gently used donations that may be at home, and hand out bookmarks or some token item as a thank you for a donation which has Rotary contact info on the back.  Volunteers get complimentary admission tickets to the Fair, so you can enjoy the Fair before or after your shift.  Click "Read More" to continue reading about this membership initiative that we would like all clubs to participate in.  
 
Over the years, Nancy’s project has collected over 110,000 toys that have been distributed to children in need.  She and her team typically receive at least 400-500 donations daily.  At the end of each day, Nancy then takes the donated toys to a secure location to be sorted.
 
Nancy needs volunteers and help with collecting donations and moving donations to the storage facility at the end of the day and District leadership want to support her efforts.
 
On behalf of the District, we want to make you aware of this project and encourage you to make this opportunity known to your club members and their families.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have a fun project for your club, to spread awareness of Rotary, as well as to support the amazing work that Nancy is doing.  We want to promote this to all clubs because where else can you interact with hundreds, if not thousands, of potential members.
 
Here’s a link to a news story that KFMB Ch 8 did on the project in 2022 which will give you a good taste of what she is doing and the impact that her effort has produced. 
 
 
 
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please check out the links above.  For any other questions, please contact Nancy Stoke.  Her contact information is as follows:
 
Nancy Stoke
858 509-9160 (no texts please)
nancystoke@earthlink.net