A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

An Eagle Rock churros fundraiser yields hundreds of toys for kids, city officials want to recycle your Christmas tree and more. Here’s News & Notes, the holiday edition.

Holiday’s Giving Spirit

Here’s a heartwarming story out of Eagle Rock where a nine-year old boy held a churro bake sale to buy nearly 100 toys for needy children.

“Filled with joy because it feels good giving back, because what if I was that person who didn’t have anything,” Sebastian Salmeron told KABC7.

It’s not the first time giving for the fourth grader, who lives near Fire Station No. 55, which hosts the ABC7’s Spark of Love toy drive that sparked his interest. He’s donated his allowance before but this year wanted to up his game.  So, he decided to sell fried dough pastries from his family’s Maywood bakery, Luceros, to school mates.  Another parent donated hot chocolate and the goodies were gone in 25 minutes.

Chucking the Christmas tree  

L.A. Sanitation turns those old merry trees into mulch and compost  for landscaping. Residents can denude the trees and haul them out to the curb for pick up or cut them up and place them in the green bin. The city also offers drop off locations. For a full list, check here. 

Fatal freeway crash near Griffith Park

A man in his 30s died in a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound 5 Freeway in Griffith Park Saturday around 8 p.m. KTLA reported.

The crash triggered a SigAlert and at least one person was arrested.

Homeless death in Angeleno Heights

A 33-year-old homeless woman was found dead in a yard in the 1100 block of W. Edgeware Road Angelino Heights on the morning of Dec. 17, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.   An investigation into the cause of Christine Marie Gonzales’ death is pending.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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