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Toy drive under way for area’s foster kids

Promises2Kids, formerly the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, kicked-off its annual Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive asking San Diegans to donate new, unwrapped gifts for abused, abandoned and neglected children of San Diego through Dec. 14.

Promises2Kids volunteers placed more than 300 marked collection bins at office buildings, schools, supermarkets and restaurants throughout San Diego County to receive the donations.

The campaign will end with a “Live Drive” from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Kearny Mesa Wal-Mart on Shawline Street.

Suggested gifts include toys, board games, dolls, books, clothing, gift cards, electronics, sporting equipment, DVDs, or arts and crafts supplies. Items for teens, ages 13 and up, are also needed.

The gifts will be collected and sorted by Promises2Kids volunteers, then delivered by social workers to foster children during the week of Dec. 21.

Volunteers are still needed. Go to www.promises2kids.

com for collection sites.

Painting proceeds to benefit the poor

San Diego artists have teamed up for a Red Bow Event to benefit the needy through Dec. 31 at Enchanted Gallery in Flower Hill Promenade, 2690 Via de la Valle, Suite D220, in Del Mar.

The artists will donate 30 percent of the purchase price of every original painting adorned with a red bow to St. Vincent de Paul Village. Event chairs include gallery director Ellise Kulhawik and artists Greg Balogh, Heather Roddy and John Moseley. For more details, call (858) 792-6704.