SFFD Toy Drive during SantaCon!

November 10, 2015

Santa is happy to announce that he will be working with the San Francisco Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive one again this year!   Please bring a NEW UNWRAPPED toy with you to the start of Santa Con to be donated to the Toy Drive!   The San Francisco Fire Department will be on hand at the start of the event to collect your toys!

Please bring your toys to the SFFD’s special collection truck located in front of the Handlery Hotel at 351 Geary St, just off Union Square!   Collection should begin around 11:30am and run until SantaCon departs Union Square.

Remember, do a little nice before your naughty!


SantaCon 2015 is a GO!

October 13, 2015

Santacon will start on Saturday 12/12/2015 at 12 noon in Union Square Park.

NOTE:  Some Rogue Elf has taken over the SF SantaCon Twitter site, spreading naughtiness about SantaCon being Dead.   It’s simply not true.   SantaCon is alive and well and will continue to spread joy and merriment to all the good little boys and girls of San Francisco.   That said, let’s all take a moment to remember the point of this festive event.   Do something fun.   Be more creative than just sucking down egg nog.  Spread a little joy. Challenge your elf to do something this year besides hit the bars.   Let’s bring the fun back to SantaCon.


Santarchy 2014 Toy Drive!

December 1, 2014

Once again Santa will be collecting toys for the SFFD’s Toy Program 2014!

Here’s what you need to do. Bring a toy to with you to Union Square at the start of Santarchy. There will be a SFFD fire truck parked outside of the Handlery Union Square Hotel, located at 351 Geary Street.   This is about five doors away from Union Square (here is a map if you need a visual aid) and conveniently just a few doors away from Lefty O’Douls.

You drop your toy off at the fire truck.  The truck will be parked there from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  so do this first, as soon as you get to Union Sq.  Folks from the SFFD will be on hand to collect your toy.  Cash donations are OK.  Just make sure you only give cash to uniformed SFFD personnel.  Here are the guidelines for toys.

  1. Bring something for a kid 12 years old or under.
    2. Bring a NEW toy, not some piece of crap you have lying around the house. Put some effort into it OK?
    3. Don’t wrap it.
    4. For girls they especially need gifts for older girls. Arts and Crafts kits and dolls are in high demand. For boys they need sports equipment.  Don’t get all PC and lecture Santa about toys and gender roles. Give the kids what they want.

The San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program is the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2011, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. They also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters. They are way cool and some of them are extremely hot (the fire women too).

SantaCon 2014

October 7, 2014

SantaCon 2014 will be Saturday December 13th.   Stay tuned for details!


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