Sacred Heart Needs 9,000 Toys; Holiday Donation Drives in Final Stretch

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holiday_facebook-process-s450x174Last week I reported that Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose was short by 17,000 toys, and that number has shrunk to 9,000. But Christmas is just a week away, and if those gifts are going to get under San Jose Christmas trees in time, they need to show up by this Friday, Dec. 20.

Sacred Heart has 6,000 children signed up to receive gifts this year, according to the organization. It needs to collect about three times the amount, so that each child receives around two gifts and a book. A late Thanksgiving resulting in a shorter period between the holidays is said to be partly to blame for the shortfall, since groups and volunteers that normally collect the toys for Sacred Heart had a shorter period to conduct drives.

You can make Christmas bright for a child by donating a new, unwrapped toy or book to the agency, located at 1381 S. First St., San Jose. Drop off hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., today and Thursday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday. Or make a donation online.

To see other agencies still collecting toys (some right up until Christmas Day), click on “Read More” below.

In addition to toys, Bay Area food banks say they are in serious need of food and monetary donations this holiday season. According to a KQED blog post on Dec. 17, donations are way down, plus the recent cold snap resulted in more people showing up at food banks in need of assistance. Agency officials are theorizing that the improved economy is giving people the impression that the need for food banks is lower, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Rising housing, food and heat costs are squeezing many low income families quite hard.

To find out how you can make a donation to a local food bank, visit bayareahunger.org to find the agency nearest you. Consider making a generous year-end monetary donation.Here’s the list of nonprofits and other agencies with holiday toy drive deadlines coming up in the next week. It starts with agencies located all over the Bay Area, and then continues by region. Click on the links to find out more.

All Over Bay Area

Toys for Tots

What it is: One of the biggest, oldest toy drives in the country conducted by members of the United States Marine Corps.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, or monetary donations.

Deadline: Varies by area. Some of have stopped collecting toys and are only taking monetary donations. Click on the link under “Drop-off Locations” to see what’s happening in your area.

Drop-off Locations: See the website for information by area.

East Bay

Oakland Mayor’s Community Toy Drive 2013

What it is: Bringing smiles to Oakland’s children in need.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, or online donations. No toys of violent nature, please.

Deadline: Contact Mayor’s Office: 510-777-TOYS.

Drop-off Locations: see the website for a complete list. You can also donate online via Roonga.com, by Dec. 18.

Richmond/El Cerrito Fire and Police Holiday Toy Program

What it is: Providing new toys for children in need in the western Contra Costa County area.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, or online donations.

Deadline: Contact the organization.

Drop-off Locations: Any fire station in west county.

Marin

Santa Cop Toy Drive

What it is: Annual toy drive for children in need, co-sponsored by the police and fire departments of San Rafael, the police and fire associations of San Rafael, and the International Footprinter Association, Chapter #15.

Needs: Unwrapped, new toys and games.

Deadline: Contact the organization.

Drop-off Locations: All over San Rafael; see the website for list.

Novato Human Needs Center

What it is: Serving low-income families.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys and games for babies, children, and teens.

Deadline: Dec. 18

Drop-off Location: Novato Fair Shopping Center, 12 noon to 6 p.m., Dec. 1-18.

Peninsula

The Children’s Fund of San Mateo County

What it is: Making sure that children in the juvenile justice system, low income children and foster children receive a gift at the holidays.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, board games, books, clothing, gift cards of $25, and sports equipment, such as basketballs or soccer balls.

Deadline: Dec. 24

Drop-off Locations: 550 Quarry Road, 2nd Floor, San Carlos; contact the organization for more info.

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos

What it is: Community agency helping those in need.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, pajamas, gifts for teens, healthy food donations.

Deadline: Contact the agency; 650-968-0836.

Drop-off Location: 204 Stierlin Rd., Mountain View, between 9 a.m. and noon, and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays.

Ecumenical Hunger Program

What it is: Helping those in need in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park.

Needs: Grocery store gift cards, gifts for teens, turkeys, hams, chickens, monetary donations, volunteers.

Deadline: Dec. 22

Drop-off Location: 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

The Edgewood Center

What it is: Helping children, teens, and families who have suffered abuse, neglect, and mental illness.

Needs: New, unwrapped gifts, gift cards, monetary donations.

Deadline: Dec. 20

Drop-off Location: 957 Industrial Road, Suite B, San Mateo, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Redwood City Toy Drive

What it is: A collaboration of police and fire groups in Redwood City collecting toys and books for local children in need.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys and books, monetary donations.

Deadline: Contact the organization.

Drop-off Locations: A complete list is available on the website, but you might want to call ahead first.

Samaritan House

What it is: Serving low-income families in the San Mateo area.

Needs: Online donations, either money, or via Amazon Wish List. See website for info.

Deadline and Drop-off: Contact the organization.

San Francisco

The Edgewood Center

What it is: Helping children, teens, and families who have suffered abuse, neglect, and mental illness.

Needs: New, unwrapped gifts, gift cards, monetary donations.

Deadline: Dec. 20

Drop-off Location: 1801 Vicente Street, San Francisco.

San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program

What it is: Providing toys to children in need, from infants through age 12. The organization is year-round, sponsoring many events during the holiday season.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, or online donations.

Deadline: Contact the organization.

Drop-off Locations: Any San Francisco Fire Station; see the website for a complete list.

South Bay

Bill Wilson Center

What it is: The center helps youth who are homeless, runaway, in foster care, have aged out of the foster care system, or having family problems.

Needs: Gift cards (Target, grocery stores, etc.) so that the teens and young adults can pick out exactly the items they need and want.

Deadline and Drop-off: Contact the center.

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley

What it is: The agency is collecting new, unwrapped toys, gift cards and cash donations to help more than 1,100 families, adults, and seniors.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, gift cards, cash donations.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Drop-off Location: 14855 Oka Rd., Suite 202, Los Gatos, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fridays. Or donate online.

Los Bomberos of Northern California Annual Holiday Toy Drive

What it is: Latino Firefighters Association collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys.

Deadline: Donations accepted until Christmas Day.

Drop-off Locations: San Jose City fire stations.

The Portuguese Community Center

What it is: Helping those in need in the Portuguese-speaking community.

Needs: Toys, food, clothing, toiletries, toothbrushes.

Deadline: Contact the organization; 408-213-1034.

Drop-off Location: 1115 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose.

Sacred Heart Community Service

What it is: San Jose nonprofit that helps support local families in need.

Needs: New, unwrapped toys, bicycles.

Deadline: Dec. 20

Drop-off Location: 1381 S. First St., San Jose; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays, and; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays.

SJB Child Development Centers

What it is: Providing educational development services to children ages 0-12 in Santa Clara County.

Needs: Holiday gifts, new or gently used computers.

Deadline: Contact the organization.

Drop-off Location: 1400 Parkmoor Ave., Suite 220, San Jose; 408-414-2700.

The Unity Care Group

What it is: Helping foster youth and families in need.

Needs: $25 gift cards to stores such as Target, Old Navy, Macy’s, etc., Christmas trees, holiday decorations, blankets, and monetary donations.

Deadline: Contact the organization.

Drop-off Location: Call 408-510-3480.