It may be more than 100 degrees outside, but that’s not stopping Santa and Mrs. Clause from gathering toys in preparation of the winter holiday season.

Mike and Tammi Ridder of A1 Santa make appearances around the Valley as the jolly couple, and they will be hosting a Santa’s Bowling Toy Drive at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Let It Roll Bowl, 8925 N. 12th St.

Eight years ago the Ridders teamed up with the National Association of Letter Carriers to buy gifts and deliver them to a local classroom of underprivileged children. They bring each child a large gift/toy (valued $15) and a stocking with toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush or comb, a pair of gloves, some pencils, crayons, a small stuffed animal and some candy. They children also all get their picture taken with Santa to take home with them. This bowling event and other fundraisers help the Ridders provide these items.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more, and stick around for some great bowling fun (register by April 10). Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. Sponsors are being sought to providing free bowling for fundraiser participants. For more information, call Tammi at 602-622-1751 or to make a cash donation, visit


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