People walking down campus center
Drill Team & Drum Squad



San Bernardino Valley College was the site of a Winter Wonderland on December 17 organized by the nonprofit Sista’s Making a Difference and supported by SBVC students, staff and faculty members for the 7th Annual Day of Service. The San Bernardino community was invited to enjoy the holiday season with live music, giveaways, food vendors, local merchants, and the donation of 10,000 new toys for distribution to Inland Empire children and families. This year’s Winter Wonderland themed toy drive is the 5th Annual Community Christmas event coordinated by Sista’s Making a Difference.

Sista’s Making a Difference co-founder and CEO Ronnie Miller spoke to Inland Empire Community News about the growing success of the annual toy drive. “My Sister and Co-Founder Kiesha Miller and I have been coordinating this toy drive since 2018, and it has continued to grow. In 2018 we gave away 1,000 toys; in 2019, we gave away 2,000 toys. In 2020 we gave away 3,000 toys, and last year we gave away 7,000 toys. Our team is proud to see this event grow yearly.”

The inclusion of local merchants and vendors was a first for this annual event, and created the opportunity for the community to support local small businesses. Sponsors of Winter Wonderland were invited to create festive villages throughout the event, such as the North Pole, Candy Cane Lane, and Santa’s Village, where Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were available for free photo opportunities.