Spark of Love Toy Drive coming to Ontario

The Ontario Fire Department, in partnership with ABC 7, will host the 21st annual Spark of Love Toy Drive/Stuff the Bus on Friday. The event aims to collects toys for children in need and will be held at the Ontario Mathis Brothers, 4105 Inland Empire Boulevard.

This year’s event will feature K-FROG and “The Frogmen in the Morning,” who will do live broadcast from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. in Ontario.

The public is asked to bring items valued at $10.

During the Spark of Love Toy Drive/Stuff the Bus participants will enjoy:

  • Train rides will be offered in parking lot area with Ontario Firefighters from 10 a.m – 5 p.m.
  • Farmer Boys will give a free burger with toy donation from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Company 77 Fire Engine Pizza will give a free slice with toy donation from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • My Delight CupCakery will give a free gourmet cupcake with toy donation from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Jamba Juice will give a free smoothie with toy donation from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cowboy West Productions will offer free BBQ with toy donation from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Ontario Fire Department representatives: Marty Perez 760-285-5441, Victor Lopez 909-732-7934 or John Sitar 909-229-9077.

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Ontario Firefighters Association sets St. Patrick’s events

Ryan Lewis, president for Firefighters Association, informed the council at its meeting that the annual St Patrick’s fundraiser was expanding to two days this year.
Ontario Local 1430 firefighters’ 11th annual Tip the Firefighter fundraiser on St. Patrick’s Day at El Torito restaurant will be Saturday and Sunday.
Firefighters will greet and serve customers on both days as they raise money and awareness for this year’s nonprofit, Megan’s Wings.
On Saturday, the firefighters will be there from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“The El Torito events is always a lot of fun,” Mayor Paul Leon added.
If you can’t make it to either days, you can make an online donation by visiting www.tipthefirefighter.com. Credit cards are accepted and make all checks payable to Megan’s Wings.
For reservations, call El Torito Restaurant 909-944-9102
For event info & sponsorship, call Capt. Marty Perez 760-285-5441 or Capt. John Sitar 909-229-9077.
El Torito is at, 3680 Inland Empire Blvd.
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Ontario safety officials participate in tourney

Resident Ruben Valencia came to the March 5 City Council meeting to inform the council how well the city’s police and fire department did at the softball fundraiser tournament.
According to Valencia, money was raised for the Ontario and Chaffey baseball programs, although he did not provide an amount.
“I know the police department are proud they took the trophy this year. I was amazed to see the police chief (Eric Hopley) glad to report that he actually had a base hit. As far as the fire chief, we already told him he needs to find a batting cage,” he said.
But, Valencia said, the tournament was great because it recognizes youth in the community and can help them excel and have extracurricular activities.
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Firefighters to host basketball tourney

The Ontario Professional Firefighters (Local 1430) and Rancho Cucamonga Professional Firefighters (Local 2274) will be participating in the fourth annual Hoops for Hope basketball tournament at Los Osos High School on March 9. Tipoff will be at noon.
Hoops for Hope is a basketball tournament with an eight-team format comprised of fire agencies along with a local hospital, playing in a double elimination tournament.
Hoops for Hope is a concept dreamed by Coach Dave Smith, Los Osos boys basketball coach, and
Richard “Chip” Smith, battalion chief at the Ontario Fire Department, Both were undergoing intense treatment for Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Both Dave and Chip dreamed of a series of basketball games to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and education.
This year’s games are being dedicated to Jimmy Schiller son of Jim Schiller a battalion chief of the Ontario Fire Department and Jennifer Schiller R.N. from San Antonio Community Hospital. Jimmy also happens to be a local first responder paramedic and is battling Stage 3 testical cancer.
Proceeds will be given to San Antonio Community Hospital Cancer Education Center and the Teri Large foundation.
Large was one of the original supportive persons getting Hoops for Hope off the ground and a member of Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Cancer Awareness Team (CAST). Large lost her fight to cancer last year.
Participants this year will include teams from L.A./Ontario International Airport Firefighters, Upland Firefighters, Chino Valley Independent Firefighters, Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters and Ontario Firefighters, San Bernardino County Firefighters and San Antonio Community Hospital and American Medical Response.
Games being held at, 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. and the championship game at 5:30 p.m.
For additional information call Battalion Chief Jim Schiller from the Ontario Fire Department at 760-954-8635 or visitwww.HOOPSFORHOPE.INFO.
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Spark of Love Toy Drive in Ontario

The Ontario Fire Department will kick off the Spark of Love Toy with ABC-7 on Friday at

Mathis Brothers. The event is a collaboration of ABC-Channel 7, Omnitrans and the department.

Capt. Marty Perez said this has been the 20th year the department has participated in the drive. Look for the Fire Department along with the TV crew until 6:30 p.m. in front of Mathis Brothers, 4105 Inland Empire Blvd., Ontario.

Despite the rain, Perez said they were still getting donations. Here are some photos from this afternoon.

NOTE: If you make a donation between 4 p.m to 6 p.m., you can get a free My Delight Cupcakery.

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Spark of Love Toy Drive in Ontario

The Ontario Fire Department will kick off the Spark of Love Toy with ABC-7 on Friday at Mathis Brothers. The event is a collaboration of ABC-Channel 7, Omnitrans and the department.

Spark of Love is a five-county effort during which toys and games are collected for underserved children and teens in the Southland.

For years, Inland Empire residents have visited Ontario Mills for Spark of Love’s Stuff-a-Bus toy drive. Last year’s event was held in the parking lot of Mathis Brothers Furniture store, which donated $25,000 worth of toys. The furniture store will be participating again.
Capt. Marty Perez said this has been the 20th year the department has participated in the drive. Look for the Fire Department along with the TV crew from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of Mathis Brothers, 4105 Inland Empire Blvd., Ontario.

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Ontario firefighters prepare for toy drive

The Ontario Fire Department will kick-off the Spark of Love Toy with ABC-7 on Nov. 30 at Mathis Brothers. The event is a collaboration of ABC-Channel 7, Omnitrans and the department.

Spark of Love is a five-county effort during which toys and games are collected for underserved children and teens in the Southland.

For years, Inland Empire residents have visited Ontario Mills for Spark of Love ’s Stuff-a-Bus toy drive. Last year’s event was held in the parking lot of Mathis Brothers Furniture store, which donated $25,000 worth of toys. The furniture store will be participating again.

Capt. Marty Perez said this has been the 20th year the department has participated in the drive. Look for the Fire Department along with the TV crew from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of Mathis Brothers, 4105 Inland Empire Blvd., Ontario.

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