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.
- 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).