Children of families living below the poverty level near Skid Row are among the recipients of this year’s holiday toy drive sponsored by St. Brendan Catholic Church.
“We are in need of new, unwrapped toys and $20 Target gift cards,” said Stacy Herman, event co-chair along with Nancy Muller. “Both are greatly appreciated, since in many cases, they are the only gift children and their families receive for Christmas.”
Recipients include children living at Alexandria House, St. Anne’s Social Service Agency and the Adopt a Family program.
St. Anne’s provides services to at-risk teenage girls and young women, their children and families. The Adopt a Family program helps families living near Skid Row. Alexandria House is a non-profit transitional residence for women and children.
Donations can be dropped off through Fri., Dec. 14, 310 S. Van Ness Ave. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students from St. Brendan School will speak at masses at the church to appeal for donations, and will also volunteer at Alexandria House’s holiday festivities, Herman said.
The toy drive parties are on Sat., Dec. 15. Activities include gift distribution, a visit from Santa, lunch and Christmas carols.
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