Sparks of Love

Stuff-A-Bus

Wally Pankratz helps Pancho's Mexican Restaurant in Orange, California with the annual Sparks of Love, Stuff-A-Bus promotion.

Wally Pankratz has created his share of “sparks.” Pankratz has been a USAC midget driver for more years than even he cares to admit; he started racing in 1970. Wally is also a pool professional.
Pancho's Mexican Restaurant - Orange, California
However, this holiday season Wally created a different type of spark, as he helped Pancho's Mexican Restaurant in Orange, California with the annual Sparks of Love, Stuff-A-Bus promotion.

ABC7's annual holiday toy drive ran through Christmas Eve. Their goal was to collect more than eighteen buses (last year’s total) filled with toys to brighten the season for local children.

“Last year, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant raised enough money to donate fifty bikes,” Wally explained. “Pancho’s collects donations during the year and then matches the funds to purchase bikes and helmets for the Stuff-A-Bus event.”

Over the past two decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected more than 8 million toys. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties .

Orange County set a new Stuff-a-Bus record by filling twenty-seven buses at the Honda Center in Anaheim

Orange County set a new Stuff-a-Bus record by filling twenty-seven buses at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday!

When Wally Pankratz parked his Hasa Race Trailer at the Honda Center in Anaheim on 12/19/2014, Pancho's Mexican Restaurant set their own record. They were able to donate over eighty bicycles and an assortment of helmets and toys.

Great Job Wally and the gang from Pancho's Mexican Restaurant!

Garth Kemp (ABC7's weekday morning weather anchor and “head elf”) chats with donators live on the air.
Garth Kemp (ABC7's weekday morning weather anchor and “head elf”) chats with donators live on the air.