Sacred Heart Needs 17,000 Toys by Dec. 20


Courtesy Sacred Heart Community Service.

Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose needs to collect 2,000 new, unwrapped toys a day by Dec. 20 for more than 5,000 children already registered to receive Christmas gifts, according to agency officials.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 11, the agency had only collected 950 toys as a part of its annual Holiday Food and Toy Program, a deficit of 17,150 toys, officials told supporters in an email.

UPDATE 12/18/13: Sacred Heart still needs 9,000 toys by Dec. 20. Please check out the latest story for more info.

“We are especially in need of teen gifts, action figures, sports equipment, and books,” the email states.

Donation station hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, with special holiday hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. The agency is located at 1381 S. First St., San Jose. Monetary donations are also accepted online.

Other suggestions for toys include:

  • Infant toys
  • Gift certificates
  • Tricycles/bicycles
  • Bike helmets and locks
  • Legos / building blocks
  • Fisher-Price toys
  • Playskool toys
  • Books ages 1-16
  • Toy trucks
  • Digital music players
  • New clothing
  • Hair accessories
  • Hair dryers / curling irons
  • Jewelry: earrings / necklaces

The agency requests that toy guns or items that promote violence not be donated.

In addition to toys, Sacred Heart is also collecting food to create special holiday meal boxes. Items needed include frozen chickens, hams, milk, cheese, eggs, infant formula, peanut butter, and cans of high protein foods, such as chili. For homeless people who lack access to kitchen facilities the agency is asking for foods that come in pop-top cans and bags, such as hams, ready-to-eat soups, tuna, fruit, and chili.

The Sacred Heart website has detailed instructions on how to host a drive in your neighborhood, school, or workplace.

For a list of other San Francisco Bay Area holiday toy drives, see our earlier post.