The spirit of Christmas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe toy drive begins in December with those patients wishing to bring in a new toy instead of paying a copayment. The toy must be equivalent to the fee, which is about $25. Her patients have responded overwhelmingly over the years. “I am not surprised at their generosity,” Harrod said. “People want to give, especially at this time of year, but a lot of times they just don’t know where or how.” In fact, a lot of the gifts over the years, including this one, come from people who see the “Toy Drive” sign in front of the office or by word-of-mouth. “People have come by off the street, not patients, and dropped off toys,” said Nancy Gaeta, receptionist and chiropractic assistant. When the Whittier program she was affiliated with stopped its toy drive, Harrod was approached by local volunteer Chris Rodriguez about doing a drive benefiting the Bienvenidos Family Center. Rodriguez, of Pico Rivera, met Harrod when he became a patient after a car accident. “I went to four doctors before her, but she was the one to help me,” he said. This year’s toy drive will continue through Dec. 21 and will benefit Angel Step Inn of Pico Rivera, which aids battered, substance-addicted women and their children. Angel Step serves the cities of Pico Rivera, Montebello, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and East Los Angeles. If there are enough toys, Rodriguez said, they will go to the Bienvenidos Family Center. Any items donated specifically for teenage girls will go to Maryvale Orphanage in Rosemead. “I believe in God, and I believe things happen for a reason,” Rodriguez said. “And meeting Sheila after my accident, and to be able to help others together is the best reason of all.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Christmas spirit of giving is alive and well at Harrod Chiropractic. In the decade Sheila Harrod has conducted her massage therapy practice in the corner office at 6501 Bright Ave. in Uptown, she has held a toy drive for area children. “Isn’t it what the holiday is all about?” she asked sitting in her office that has been almost overtaken with toys donated by her patients and other generous donors. “I’m overwhelmed by the toys,” Harrod, 41, said, pointing at the large pile of cars, stuffed animals and games permeating her office and reception area. last_img read more