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2015 Holiday Toy and Food Drives


2015 Holiday Toy and Food Drives

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for individuals and families who may not have the resources available to them in order to purchase gifts for loved ones. Additionally, putting food on the table for a holiday meal can be a challenge for many. 

To help those in need, many buisnesses and organizations are putting together Toy and Food Drives throughout Sonoma County. A list is below and will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available.

If you are able, consider making a donation or two. We may not know the faces of those individuals and families who will receive these donations this year. But what we CAN do is visualize the smiles that those faces may reveal as a gift is opened or a warm meal eaten. Let's do our part. 

After all, we ARE neighbors.


Food and Toy Drives for the Holidays

Volunteers Needed ~ On Tuesday, December 22, the City of Cotati is co-sponsoring a food drive with the California Homemakers Association. Volunteers are invited to assist in assembling and delivering food boxes for those in need in Cotati and throughout the county. For details and to volunteer contact the California Homemakers Association at 707-591-9572.

Graton Day Labor Center Toy Drive: In 2014, the Center launched the holiday toy drive and raised over $4,000 which provided 90 of their member’s children (ages 0-18) with a quality gift or gift card of approximately $40 in value. The gifts were presented by Santa Claus at a holiday feast attended by many of the children. In 2015, our goal is to raise $5,000 so that we can increase the value of each gift or gift card to $50 (90 children) and cover the costs of the catered feast. You may send your donation via check or make an online donation at Please specify that you would like your donation directed towards this effort. See the attached flyer for more info.

Redwood Credit Union Hosts Holiday Food and Toy Drives ~ All RCU locations now collecting Toy and Food donations to benefit local nonprofits. Bring new toys and non-perishable food items now through Dec 18 for holiday distribution. In Sonoma County, gift drives will support the Sonoma County Volunteer Center's Secret Santa Program and Empire Food Bank. Last year, RCU collected more than 1,500 donated gifts, along with 1,100 lbs of donated food. Go to for list of Branches.

Redwood Gospel Mission ~ Christmas is one of the most difficult times to be homeless. You can be a Christma hero by giving meals to people in desperate need. Each $1.79 you give provides a full meal. or THIS LINK to donate online. 

Redwood Empire Food Bank ~
Turn $1 into 2 meals when you donate online at
3 Ways to Help Now
Donate. For every $1 you donate we'll provide 2 healthy meals.
Volunteer. Help us sort, bag, box and deliver nutritious food to the community.
Advocate. Speak up in support of policies that will feed our neighbors in need.

Rotary Cub of Rohnert Park ~ is organizing a holiday gift and toy drive. Donations can be brought to any of the Rancho Adobe Fire District departments until Dec 25. Santa's elves will be wrapping gifts on Dec 10 and Santa will begin delivering gifts on Dec 17. Donations of gift cards for ages of 9-14 are appreciated as this group has been underserved in the past. 

Salvation Army ~ Holiday Toy Drive in partnership with Amaturo Sonoma Media and Les Schwab. Now through Dec 20, bring a new, unwrapped gift and drop it off at Les Schwab stores in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Windsor, or the Salvation Army in Santa Rosa, 93 Stony Circle.  

Santa Rosa Fire Department ~ For over twenty years the Santa Rosa Fire Fighters Local 1401 has conducted a toy collection for needy children of the Santa Rosa area. Ways to donate:
 ~ Dec 4 - 23 ~ Drop items off at Santa Rosa Plaza Shopping Center Mon-Thurs 5-8p or Sat-Sun 12p-9p. New, unwrapped toys and cash donations. 
~ Deposit items in any Santa Rosa or Rincon Valley Fire Station. Collection barrels are in front of the stations.
~ Toys for Kids Pancake Breakfast ~ Dec 6 7:30-11:30a at the Santa Rosa Veternas Memorial Building, across from the fairgrounds. Cost is $5 or a new unwrapped toy. All monies collected are used at local stores to purchase toys at a discount. 
More info at 

Secret Santa ~ Sonoma County's Secret Santa presented by KZST 100.1, The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and Friedman's Home Improvement. Visit any of the three Friendman's locations in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Petaluma to "pick" a heart off the tree with the desired gift. Purchase that gift and return it to any of the stores by Dec 19. More information and drop-off locations are listed at

Sonoma County Library ~ Food for Fines program ~ Dec 1 through Dec 19. In partnership with local food banks, including Redwood Empire Food BankHealdsburg Food Pantry, and Friends in Sonoma Helping, the Library will be collecting non-perishable food items. One unit of donated food waives ALL overdue fines for one account (note: food donations cannot be applied towards lost/damaged library items or collection agency fees—only fines). This amnesty-type program will allow our patrons to pay off library fines on past-overdue items by donating food to those in need. Our patrons can give to the community and get their library account back in good standing at the same time. Food may be brought to any of our branches beginning Tuesday, December 1 through Saturday, December 19. More info at

Sonoma Raceway Toy Drive ~ Through Dec 9, all toys collected will be distributed to more than 250 children at the raceway's annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party on Sat. Dec 12. New, unwrapped toys and gifts for children from newborn to 12 years old are needed. Donations can be dropped off at Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr, Sonoma Mon-Fri, 8:30a-5p. has a list of area businesses where donations may be dropped off as well. 

Toy Drive at Congregation Shomrei Torah ~ Shomrei Torah is collecting new and gently used toys, wrapped and labels with appropriate age/gender through Dec 18. Please put your donations in the blue bin in the synagogue entryway. 2600 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. 

Toys for Tots ~ The Wilmar Volunteer Fire Department Explores Post 9400 will be collecting food and toy donations on Saturday, Dec 5. Donations of new un-wrapped toys for boys and girls (up to the age of 12) along with any non-perishable food itmes can be dropped off at the Wilmar Volunteer Fire Department Station. Monetary donations also accepted.  3825 Bodega Ave, Petaluma. 707-675-1995. 9a-3p.