On November 30, Santa’s helpers and quite a few elves gathered at Mathis Brothers Furniture Store in Ontario to stuff seven Omnitrans buses with gifts for the Spark of Love toy drive. The state-of-the-art Omnitrans sbX vehicle was right there with our vintage 1958 diesel Old Blue and five of the New Flyer XN40 coaches from the Omnitrans fleet. It was quite a sight and great for ABC7’s annual Spark of Love Toy Drive Stuff a Bus event.
Hundreds of people delivered unwrapped new toys for children of the Southland. Omnitrans coach operators and California firefighters will deliver the gifts to kids in need, making this holiday season truly unforgettable for many families.
The sbX XN60 bus also made its broadcast debut, appearing on several telecasts throughout the day with Santa’s biggest helper, Meteorologist Garth Kemp. Despite the rain, and with the help of jolly old St. Nick and Omnitrans’ mascot Buster, the donated toys filled six-and-a-half buses. Who needs reindeer?
– David Rutherford
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