Our List of Bay Area Toy Drives; Santa Needs Those Donations ASAP

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Click here for the 2014 list!

UPDATE 12/17/12: the deadlines coming up this week and beyond are highlighted.

There are only 13 more shopping days until Christmas, but for most toy drives in the San Francisco Bay area, the deadline is looming over the Sandwich_Spot_Redwood_City_ChiPs_For_Kids_Toy_Drive_Donationsnext several days to ensure less fortunate children and teens receive gifts in time for the holiday.

If you’re already out shopping, consider picking up a new toy, or grabbing an extra gift card (much easier for teens), to donate to one of the many drives. Here’s our extensive list of local holiday toy drives, their drop-off locations, needs, and deadlines, organized by area.

For donating new or like-new books, check out our previous post on the Gift of Reading, which has drop-offs mostly in the South Bay, with one in Redwood City. Deadline is Sunday, Dec. 16.

Can’t drop off a toy or book? Click on the name of the organization to go to its website (if available); many are taking online donations, or provide addresses for sending checks.

Know of a toy drive we missed? Tell us in the comments. [Read more…]

“CHiPs for Kids”: San Francisco Bay Area CHP Asks Help in Spreading Holiday Cheer

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The Golden Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol is asking the public’s help in collecting toys and canned food for needy children this holiday season. “CHiPs for Kids” runs through December 20. Collection spots around the Bay Area are available to take new toys that will be distributed to children in local shelters.

“Last year’s toy drive was a big success, and we hope to collect even more toys this year,” said Chief Teresa Becher, Division Chief of the CHP Golden Gate Division office, in a press release.

The campaign also spotlights the importance of safe driving, including wearing seat belts and the proper use of child safety seats.

Below are the CHP offices that are accepting donations Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Golden Gate Division
1551 Benicia Road., Vallejo

(707) 648-4180

Castro Valley
21020 Redwood Road, Castro Valley
(510) 581-9028
Oakland
3601 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
(510) 450-3821
Contra Costa
5001 Blum St., Martinez
(925) 646-4980
Redwood City
355 Convention Way, Redwood City
(650) 369-6261
Dublin
4999 Gleason Rd., Dublin
(925) 828-0466
San Francisco
455 Eighth St., San Francisco
(415) 557-1094
Hayward
2434 Whipple Rd., Hayward
(510) 489-1500
San Jose
2020 Junction Ave., San Jose
(408) 467-5400
Marin
53 San Clemente Dr., Corte Madera
(415) 924-1100
Santa Rosa
6100 LaBath Ave., Rohnert Park
(707) 588-1400
Napa
975 Golden Gate Dr., Napa
(707) 253-4906
Solano
3050 Travis Blvd., Fairfield
(707) 428-2100