Thursday’s performance of The Nutcracker by the Moscow Ballet was also a Toys for Tots fundraiser sponsored by the Chumash Casino Resort, which netted $25,000 for the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county campaigns. Tribal chair Kenneth Kahn recalled the tribe’s involvement with the program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve began 13 years ago during the resort’s first concert. “We continue to support this program year after year because of the positive impact provided to the children in our community during the holidays,” Kahn said. The area Toys for Tots program has benefited more than 6,000 families since its inception in 1994.
More information about donations and drop-off locations can be found at toysfortots.org. Among the county’s drop-off locations are the Marine recruitment offices in Lompoc and Santa Barbara, as well as the Toys R Us in Santa Maria.