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Redwood City Police, Fire, and PAL Seek Community’s Help to Spread Holiday Happiness with the 2010 Toy and Book Drive

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Redwood City, CA - December 3, 2010 - The holiday season is a time of joy, happiness, family, and friendship. Unfortunately, and especially during these difficult economic times, 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 and Firefighters Associations’ Holiday Toy and Book Drive brings the holiday spirit right to the doorstep of many needy families. In conjunction with Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL), 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 the wrapping party, a festive event where volunteers take part in preparing the gifts for the kids, from gift wrapping to helping with food and drinks. Corporate help can be any of the above, or a monetary donation. This year’s wrapping party is Monday, December 13th from 5 - 8pm at Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Avenue.

In recent years, dozens of local businesses have filled donation barrels with thousands of toys and books, which were then provided to hundreds of 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 at participating businesses, at City Hall, the Police Department, the Main Library, or any fire station. Businesses, individuals, or groups wishing to get involved should go to, click on “I want to,” select “Help the Toy Drive,” to print and fill out the form, then mail or fax it to the included address (direct link) Or, anyone wishing to volunteer or donate can contact Officer Dan Smith at 650-780-7601,, or Firefighter Justin Velasquez at 650-780-7400, For more information about the Redwood City Police and Firefighters Associations’ Holiday Toy and Book Drive visit

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Officer Dan Smith                                                                      
Redwood City Police Department

Firefighter Justin Velasquez
Redwood City Fire Department

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