Last Week of Toy Drive to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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We are coming down the final stretch with our Third Annual BAA Toy Drive so there is still time to donate!

Items Needed the Most:

(Quantities of 30 or more are greatly appreciated when possible)

  • Baby rattles

  • Digital thermometers

  • Interactive crib toys/musicals; mobiles that are not cloth/plush based

  • Generic coloring books –- no holiday reference

  • Soft baby dolls –- appropriate for children under three years old

  • Crayons –- all sizes. We have found that Crayola and PlaySkool work the best for our patients.

  • Markers and colored pencils –- all sizes

  • Super hero action figures

  • White artist paper

  • Hello Kitty items

  • Dinosaurs

  • Bubbles (bottles with no attachments)

  • Craft and bead kits

  • Play-Doh (jars with no attachments)

  • Pop-up toys (cause and effect)

  • UNO cards

  • Bath & Body Works sets for older girls (please no body sprays)

  • L.A. sports team sports swag

  • Baby rattles

  • Balls—footballs, soccer, volleyballs

Click here to link to other toy suggestions.

A 3 o'clock AM fire draws large LAFD response last Saturday on Stone Canyon

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An early morning fire last Saturday, December 1, 2018, LAFD responded quickly to a fire at the 900 block of Stone Canyon. Firefighters from various parts of Los Angeles, including Engine 37, 71, 109, 19 27, 61, 78, 92, 37 quickly knocked down the fire on that morning with gusty wind conditions.  Fire was caused by a floor heater and damaged only one room of the house.

We are grateful to our firefighters who managed to knockdown the fire quickly.  We are also very grateful that the family who dwell at the home is safe and unharmed.

Giving Tuesday: BAA's 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive Kick-off Fun

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The Bel-Air Association celebrated Giving Tuesday with the kick-off of the 3rd Annual BAA Toy Drive.  

Over 110 IN-N-OUT burgers were prepared while residents mingled on the BAA lawn.  

What was extra special was generous resident Sandy Bettelman delivered 60 stuffed animals for the young patients in his 1932 Packard!

Toy Drive ends on December 14th so it’s not too late to donate!

We need toys for boys and teenagers!

Think generously this holiday season.  Many children will be in the hospital over the holidays and their families may be too stressed to shop or financially not be able to buy toys for their children.  

Please drop the UNWRAPPED item to the BAA office by December 14th.  The children and their families will appreciate anything you can do to brighten their holiday.

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NOTE: If you prefer, you can ship the toys directly to the BAA office at 100 Bel-Air Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90077!

Below are the hospital’s wish list with links:


Update: Advisory Message from EMD: Residents affected by the Skirball Fire should be prepared for upcoming rain showers

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Advisory - Update

Residents affected by the La Tuna, Creek and Skirball Fire areas should be prepared for upcoming rain showers.

The following is an advisory message from the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD):

Individuals who reside in the areas affected by the La Tuna Canyon, Creek and Skirball fires should consider their storm preparedness. Another system is following Thursday’s rain that may bring in a small chance of rain on Saturday. A more potent system is expected to arrive next Wednesday and Thursday.

Neighborhoods in or near burn scar areas could be vulnerable to the potential for mud slides and/or debris flows.

No evacuations are currently in effect.

If the situation changes, additional NotifyLA messages will be sent.

Link to "Los Angeles firefighters urge storm preparedness" on LAFD website.

Go to for up to date information.

Sign up for alerts with the LA Notification System here.

To see official advisory, click here.