Tonight R2 participated in his fourth consecutive Spark of Love Toy Drive at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, headed up by Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC-TV, and our trusty cameraman Edgar, who has since joined the 501st Legion. We were joined by members of the 501st and Rebel Legions.
Many companies donate a boatload of toys.
The event runs all day, and I did the afternoon 4:30pm-6:30pm broadcast shift. People watching the news are encouraged to drop off a toy for those less fortunate and get some pictures with the characters. It's a great idea, as the characters are directly involved in getting people to come on down and meet them and donate a toy.
R2 was featured in several segments with reporters Bree and Alysha.
An example clip is here (as of this writing): http://abc7.com/society/28-buses-filled-at-abc7s-spark-of-love-toy-drive-at-honda-center-in-anaheim/1648902/
Twenty-eight buses were filled with toys this year, which is great considering it was pouring rain in the morning, which no doubt affected the drop-offs.
As always, I had a great time and I hope to be back next year.