The public is invited to help wrap the thousands of presents going out to over 500 families in the Redwood City/San Mateo County area on Monday evening, Dec. 16.
The Redwood City police and fire departments, Police Activities League, and Parks Recreation and Community Services have teamed up with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, San Carlos Fire, Woodside Fire, and the CARON Project to bring the Christmas Toy and Book Drive and the holiday spirit right to the doorstep of many needy families.
With help from the Fair Oaks Community Center and a corps of volunteers, this annual event has become a welcome tradition in the Redwood City community. But it can only happen with the community's help.
On December 16th, the Red Morton Community Center will be turned into Santa's Workshop, and we need "elves" to wrap all of the presents.
Wrap, tape, and supplies will be provided. Wrap as little or as much as you want. Bring your family, friends, basketball team, or Girl Scout Troop.
Last year, over 50 local businesses filled 60 donation barrels with over 12,000 toys and books, and provided them to about 500 needy families. Deliveries take place with Santa Claus in a police car or a fire engine arriving at the home to hand out the presents, giving the kids a thrill they'll long remember. One thing that makes this program special is the collection and distribution of new books as well as toys. Each child served receives two gifts, a book, a stuffed animal, and several stocking stuffers, all of which bring that holiday sparkle to their eyes.
Donations of toys and books may be made at any collection barrel, or at City Hall, the Police Department, the Main Library, or any fire station. Businesses, individuals, or groups wishing to get involved can get more information at www.toydriverwc.com.