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AVTA and YMCA in Partnership to Give Back to the Community

Lancaster – There's a new Thanksgiving holiday tradition this year in the Antelope Valleyturkey,
stuffing and Stuff-a-Bus! That's right, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) Stuffa-
Bus Holiday Toy Drive will kick off its annual collection of toys, clothing and gifts for kids ages 0-
18 at the Antelope Valley Family YMCA 1K Gobble Wobble Fun Run on Wednesday, November 27,
2019, at the YMCA, located at 43001 10th Street West in Lancaster. The Stuff-a-Bus will be
accepting donations of new unwrapped items for local kids in need between the hours of 3:00 and
7:00 p.m., and AVTA will show its thanks to the community by providing a fresh new pair of socks
to the homeless for every toy donated.

"Our partnership with the Antelope Valley Family YMCA and LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
provides the perfect opportunity for us to help those less fortunate," said Marvin Crist, AVTA
Board Chair. "What better way to give thanks for all that we have than to give back to kids in
need and those who are homeless? We encourage everyone attending the Gobble Wobble Fun Run
to bring a new unwrapped toy and help us 'Stuff That Bus'".

The Gobble Wobble Fun Run, which is held the day before the YMCA's Thanksgiving Day Turkey
Trot, is a family-friendly event where kids of all ages can race to the finish line and participate
with their friends, family and neighbors in helping the community.

“The YMCA is excited to have the Antelope Valley Transit Authority joining LA County Supervisor
Kathryn Barger this year as presenting sponsors of the 11th Annual Turkey Trot. We look forward
to having the AVTA Stuff-a-Bus at the Gobble Wobble Fun Run on the afternoon of November 27",
said Michael Henderson, YMCA Executive Director. "Not only can people participate in the YMCA
fundraiser to support YMCA programming in the community, but they can also donate toys and
clothing to support children in need and provide socks to the homeless at the same time. It's three
wonderful opportunities to give back to the community during this season of giving thanks.”

The AVTA Stuff-a-Bus Holiday Toy Drive will have two more opportunities for AV residents to
donate gifts in December. The bus will be accepting donations from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at
the West Palmdale Walmart on 10th Street West on Sunday, December 8, and at the West
Lancaster Walmart on Valley Central Way on December 15. AVTA works with several charitable
organizations here in the Antelope Valley, who will receive and distribute all of the toys and gifts
collected to local children in our community. Those organizations include Grace Resources, SAVES,
Antelope Valley Partners for Health, The Child and Family Guidance Center, The Marco and Sandra
Johnson Foundation, the Children’s Bureau and The Children's Center of the Antelope Valley.

"Our Stuff-a-Bus Holiday Toy Drive is an effort that we are all proud to be a part of," stated Macy
Neshati, AVTA Executive Director and CEO. "It's a holiday tradition that not only helps those in
need, but gives many others the opportunity to give back to the community. It's a win-win for
everyone involved."

AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to a population of more than 450,000
residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern
Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern
County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to
the south, and Interstate 5 to the West.