Saturday is the last day that Toys for Tots will accept donations from Bakersfield residents, and they still need plenty. The community can drop off a toy at churches, shelters, preschools and local charities. Yvonne Pickerell, Coordinator for Kern County says that ever since Toys R Us closed it’s doors, contributions have gone way down. She thinks her agency will have to work a lot harder next year to find ways to motivate folks to buy that extra gift. Pickerell says that although Toys for Tots will accept money all year round, they can only ask for toy donations during the official time frame from October 1st through December 15th. Bakersfield residents can also donate online at

Jill Michaels