A group of uniformed Viejas Tribal Firefighters gathered at Target in Grossmont Center on Thursday, Nov. 2 to purchase toys for the annual Rob & Stoney’s Holiday Toy Drive, which supports the Salvation Army in east San Diego County.
More than 80 Viejas Tribal Government staff workers donated over $2,000 to buy toys for the drive.
"Viejas tribal government staff members work with tribal leaders every day and we've witnessed the incredible generosity that the Viejas tribal community has shown over the years to the larger community off of the Reservation," said Robert Scheid, Viejas spokesman. "We've gained a tremendous amount of respect from that and, this year, we didn't want to watch from the sidelines; we were really compelled to take part in, and directly support, the tribe's efforts to help needy families in the area."
The toys they purchased will be added to other toys that have been donated as part of the Viejas Holiday Toy Drive, which is being supported by team members and guests at the Viejas Casino & Outlets. The goal this year is to donate at least 5,000 toys for area families. The exact number of toys collected this year will be revealed as the curtain is pulled back during the Rob & Stoney’s Holiday Toy Drive party (open to the public) at the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino on Dec. 5.