Donald Sterling - Christmas Gifts

*So much for Donald Sterling going to Watts to play Santa Claus.

The former LA Clippers owner decided against showing up at a charity toy drive in Watts Saturday night. Why? Because his security team feared for his safety with racial tensions running so high across the country.

According to TMZ, Sterling was scheduled to appear at an event called the Chrismukkah Soiree “Party in the Projects.” However, since TMZ posted in advance that he would be there, it blew the fact that it was supposed to be a surprise.

Once the word was out, his security team became worried that too many people knew where he was going to be — and considering his track record with the black community … things could go south quickly.

But check this out, Sterling’s rep says he still donated a sedan-full of toys during a Friday night event held in … Beverly Hills.

Meanwhile, L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino — who represents Watts — probably didn’t help matters by coming on TMZ Live, and demanding Sterling stay away … unless he’s ready to donate much more than toys.