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Archived News Release from 2007

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Redwood City PAL/Police/Fire 2007 Toy and Book Drive is On! Wrapping Party is Tuesday, December 11th at Red Morton Community Center

Redwood City, CA - December 5th, 2007 - 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. This annual event has become a welcome tradition in Redwood City, and it’s a fun, easy way to help the less-fortunate. Community members are invited to this year’s massive Wrapping Party, scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Red Morton Community Center , 1120 Roosevelt Avenue .

Of course drop-in volunteers are very welcome. Volunteers are also needed to pick up food, toys, and books, put together family packages, load up Santa’s ‘sleigh,’ help with home delivery, and more. This is a great opportunity to help bring a smile to a child 's face during the holiday season.

Businesses are asked to place donation barrels at their sites; individuals and families are encouraged to donate 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.

Last year, 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. People wishing to make monetary donations, or businesses that would like a collection barrel, should contact Police 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


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