Firefighters say, ‘thanks’

Editor:
Every year, the Alameda Firefighters Toy Program makes a promise that all low-income Alameda families who sign up will receive holiday toys and gift cards for their children and youth up to 17 years of age. Thanks to all of you for, once again, helping us keep our promise.  

Families started signing up at the Alameda Food Bank in November and toy collection boxes were placed in schools, businesses, and city offices throughout the community. Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Head Start, Alameda Housing Authority, and Alameda Point Collaborative also helped us assure hat all low-income Alameda families had the opportunity to sign up. 

On Dec. 20 and 21, families came to Christ Episcopal Church, met with volunteer shoppers who selected quality, age-appropriate toys for each child. When it was over, more than 600 Alameda children and youth had received toys and gift cards. 

When all Alameda families were served, surplus toys were provided to programs serving low-income immigrant and refugee families in Alameda and the East Bay, many of whom are afraid to come and sign up. 

In the end, more than 800 children and youth in-need received toys and gifts from the program, but more important the numbers, we once again kept our promise.  All low-income Alameda families had the opportunity to sign up to receive toys and gifts, and no one was turned away. We could not have done this without the help amazing community volunteers. 

This city-wide program is a partnership of the Alameda Firefighters, Alameda Food Bank, Christ Episcopal Church, and Alameda Red Cross Youth and other community organizations. 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors and supporters: Alameda Welfare Council, the Rollins Family Foundation, Alameda Community Fund, Rotary Club of Alameda, City of Alameda, Alameda Unified School District, Bay Ship & Yacht, Alameda County Industries, Bank of Marin, Poppy Bank, Tuckers Ice Cream, Alameda Police Foundation, Creative Packaging, Alameda Collarborative for Chlidren Youth and their Families and Kiwanis Club of Alameda. 
 

— Alameda Firefighters’ Toy Program Committee