Campagnolo plan second annual Christmas toy drive in US

12 December is the date; Carlsbad, CA is the place

Campagnolo North America's second annual Toy Drive and Fun Ride to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and San Diego Health and Human Services Foster Care Programme is scheduled for Saturday 12 December, 2009.  

According to general manager Tom Kattus, employees will be collecting toys leading up to the event and on the day.

"We will be set up again in front of our offices in Carlsbad with plenty of parking to accommodate as many people as we can attract," he told BikeRadar.

"On the day of the event we will start accepting donations and will have refreshments and food starting at 7.30 am and the ride will depart at 9am.

"The ride is 30 miles and we are considering adding a longer, more ambitious course. We are looking forward to making a lot of children's holiday season brighter."

According to Kattus, the idea came about last year about three weeks before the event. "We were talking about things to do for the holidays and (customer relations manager) Giada (Casarotto) said 'let’s do a Christmas ride'.

"I then threw in the charity aspect of it and the planning started. It came together really well and we ended up with well over 300 toys to donate.

"We chose Rady Children’s Hospital because they had taken care of my son when he was an infant and they were an absolutely amazing and caring staff.

"SD Health and Human Services Foster Care Programme was recommended to us by my mother who does work for Voices for Children; all the toys we gave to them went to families that couldn’t afford to buy Christmas presents for their children.

"It’s very fulfilling to know that we made a difference in someone’s life and brightened their day."

Campagnolo North America is located at 5431 Avenida Encinas, Suite C in Carlsbad, California. For more information, call (760) 931-0106.

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