You can help make the holidays bright for a Sonoma Valley child in need this holiday season by donating a gift to Sonoma Raceway's 11th annual High-Powered Toy Drive.

All toys collected during the toy drive, which runs through Dec. 9, will be distributed to more than 250 children at the raceway's annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 14.  All toys collected will directly benefit children in the Sonoma Valley.

New, unwrapped toys and gifts for children from newborn to 12 years old are needed.  Donations can be dropped off at the following locations in Sonoma Monday-Friday until Monday, Dec. 9:

  • Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 95476, 800-870-RACE, www.racesonoma.com, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Toys can also be mailed to the raceway.
  • AAA Sonoma, 650 2nd St W, Sonoma, (707) 528-5900, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., www.calstate.aaa.com.
  • Red Grape/My Girlfriend's Closet, 529 1st St W, Sonoma, (707) 933-3050, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sonoma City Hall, 1 The Plaza, Sonoma, (707) 938-3681, www.sonomacity.org.
  • Schell-Vista Fire Department, 23000 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-938-2633, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sonoma Index-Tribune, 117 West Napa Street, Sonoma, 707-938-2111, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

"I thought this year for sure my kids were going to be without toys, but now I don't have to worry. Thank you so much," said Ana, mother of two boys (ages 2 and 6) who will attend that Christmas Party through La Luz.

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery and its guests will again support the Toy Drive at the winery's Holiday Pa-Looza Open House & Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 7.  Bring an unwrapped, new toy and receive a complimentary tasting and food pairing, and a chance to win door prizes. The public is encouraged to attend from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  For more information, visit gunbun.com/calendar.

For more information on the Children's Race to the Holidays Christmas Party or High-Powered Toy Drive, please contact Jennifer Imbimbo at 707-933-3981 or jennifer@racesonoma.com.