Fill the Sun Link Streetcar with toys on Dec. 14


“RAIN OR SHINE!  Hosted by Regional Transportation Authority – RTA

Friday Dec. 14, 9 to 6 p.m. at 360 E. 8th Street, Tucson

The Regional Transportation Authority invites you to be a part of the joy of collecting toys for Ramon’s Miracle on 31st Street, a legendary grassroots charity that provides holiday kindness to economically disadvantaged children in the Tucson metropolitan region.

Now in its 48th year, the open-door Christmas celebration led by charity founder Ramon Gonzales, a retired sheet-metal worker, is attended by thousands of children and their families. This year, more than 15,000 children are expected to attend the celebration. The RTA invites you to join together with others in our community to ensure that each of those children leaves with a new toy in hand. Please help us reach our goal of collecting 1,200 toys this year!

– Easy curbside toy drop-off
– See a life-size “Barbie” Jeep courtesy of Whips 4 Days Car Club
– Visits from Santa Claus…and the Grinch!
– Music performances from local school choirs/bands

On Friday, Dec. 14, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., just bring your new, unwrapped toys to the Sun Link streetcar that will be stationed just west of 4th Avenue on 8th Street in downtown Tucson. ​Volunteers from the RTA will be there to greet you and load your toys onto the streetcar. You can opt to do a curbside drop-off or join us at the location for live local entertainment and a chance to see Santa Claus and the Grinch.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).