Firefighters Need Your Help

Firefighters Need Your Help

Sun Staff Reports

The 2021 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) assures that Alameda’s lowest income families can provide holiday toys and gifts for their children as we continue to struggle with the challenge of providing a COVID-19 safe program.

As with last year, program volunteers will hand-deliver $35 Target gift cards to all children signed up for the program, instead of handing out toys to the younger children as we have in past years.

Staff from the Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Head Start, Woodstock Child Development Center, Alameda Point Collaborative and Alameda Housing Authority sites are currently signing up their families.

The toy program was able to serve more than 800 children and youth last year, but more than 1,000 are already signed up this year. The firefighters expect that number to grow to 1,500 meaning they need to raise more than $50,000 to meet their goal.

AFTP expresses its thanks to the organizations who have already stepped up as sponsors this year. Alameda’s Community Fund, Alameda Welfare Council, and Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, the Bank of Marin, Christ Episcopal Church, Poppy Bank, Kelly Lux, the Alameda Police Foundation and Alameda County Industries.

Thanks to their generosity, ATFP is well on the way to assuring children will have holiday toys and gifts. To do that AFTP needs your help with cash contributions through its GoFundMe Charity campaign at https://gofund.me/f5010ffc or by mailing a check made out to the Alameda Firefighters Toy Program to AFTP, PO Box 6523, Alameda, CA 94501. AFTP appreciates the extensive support we have received from the Alameda community in past years; they need it more than ever. Forin email alamedafirefighterstoys@gmail.com