Archived News Release from 2007
For Immediate Release
Redwood City PAL, Police, and Fire, Seek Help to Bring Holiday Happiness to Kids With the 2007 Toy and Book Drive
Redwood City, CA - November 5th, 2007 - The holiday season is a time of joy, happiness, family, and friendship. Unfortunately, there are local kids and families in need, who don’t have the opportunity to share in the spirit of the holidays. Each year, the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) Christmas Toy and Book Drive has brought the holiday spirit right to the doorstep of many needy families. In conjunction with the Police Officers Association and Firefighters Association, and 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.
Businesses can help by placing donation barrels at their sites; individuals and families can help by donating new, unwrapped toys and books; and volunteers are asked for their time and energy for ‘wrapping parties’ where everyone takes part in preparing the gifts for the kids, from gift wrapping, to ‘quality control,’ to helping with food and drinks. Corporate help can be any of the above, or a monetary donation.
Last year, over 50 local businesses filled 60 donation barrels with over 12,000 toys, and provided them to about 900 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 should go online, print and fill out the form, and mail or fax it to the included address. Or, call Officer Dan Smith at the number above.
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Officer Dan Smith, Executive Director
Redwood City Police Activities League
(650) 556-1650 X11