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(Diana Miranda – Daily Press)

Mayor Phillip Burch is joined by, from left, Maria Bustamante, Ava Carrera, Sally Carrera, Rosa Carrera, Ariana Carrera, Alicia Carrera and Elsie Bustamante as he signs a proclamation declaring December as Donate a Toy Month in Artesia. “Toy drives supply not only toys to children in need but also spread the gift of a smile to children and their families,” the proclamation reads. “Through the Good Shepherd Toy Drive, the holiday spirit will be felt throughout the community as well as in the hearts of the children receiving the gifts.” Forever Free Fellowship is currently accepting toy donations for the 17th annual drive. For more information, call 736-4126. The toy giveaway will be held from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 23 at the fellowship, 801 Grand Ave.