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Mayor's Community Toy Drive 2014
Help Us Bring A Smile To Child!
it’s that time of year again when we share the holiday spirit to put smiles on the faces of Oakland’s children in need. The Oaklanders Assistance Center, with help from our friends at the Oakland Fire Department, has organized one of the city’s largest toy distribution sites. Last year alone we were able to provide toys to over 8,000 children from low-income families. That’s over 16,000 dolls, trucks, books, board games, sports equipment, and gift certificates.
There are two ways you can help us meet our goals:
Make a tax-deductible contribution. Each year demand exceeds the number of toys collected – especially for older kids. A tax-deductible monetary donation will help us purchase the additional toys needed. To make a secure, online donation, visit https://posweb.oaklandnet.com/POSWeb/toydrive.aspx.
Donate toys. When you’re out shopping, pick up something extra for a child in need. Just drop a new, unwrapped toy in one of the many collection bins that will be in place through December 23. You may drop toys off at any of the following locations during regular business hours:
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza & 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Police Administration Building, 455 7th Street
Any Oakland Fire Station
Main Library, 125 14th Street
César Chávez Branch Library, 3301 East 12th Street
Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak Street
Children's Fairyland 699 Bellevue Avenue
Port of Oakland Headquarters, 530 Water Street
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
Montclair Toy House 6115 LaSalle Avenue
EndGame, 921 Washington Street
Grand Lake Café, 440 Grand Avenue
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street
Donate books. You can also purchase new books to include for families in the toy drive. These independent Oakland bookstores can help you select the right book and collect your donation.
Laurel Booksstore 1423 Broadway
Pegasus Books, 5560 College Avenue
Marcus Bookstore, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Avenue
EM Wolfman Books, 410 13th Street
Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue
Walden Pond 3319 Grand Avenue
Donate at a Warriors' Game. On Thursday, December 10, the Golden State Warriors are teaming up with the Mayor’s Community Toy Drive by offering a special gift to the first 400 spectators who bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of the Oracle Arena entrances. The Warriors play the Houston Rockets starting at 7:30 p.m.
Thank you for supporting Oakland’s children this holiday season! Your support is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please call (510) 777-TOYS.
How to sign your Children up for the Toy Drive
To sign up to receive toys you must be a low-income Oakland resident only and the legal guardian. We can only serve up to four children per family, up to the age of 12. You will need:
- proof of income
- proof that you live in Oakland, such as a utility bill
- proof of children’s ages, such as birth certificate, medical card or school ID.
Registration takes place on:
Saturday, December 6, 10 am to 1 pm
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Please enter on the 14th Street side of the building
Saturday, December 6, 11 am to 2 pm
81st Avenue Library
1021 81st Avenue
There is no need to line up early at either location, as everyone that shows up will be registered.
If you are unable to sign up on December 6 at one of these locations, you may sign up at the Oaklanders Assistance Center, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm. Sign up concludes on December 16.
If you are an organization or church with a 501c3 looking for donations, please call Marines Toys for Tots program at (510) 871-0352.