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Help for the holidays
November 20, 2012, 05:00 AM

The Foster City Fire Department will soon kick off its annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive. During the month of December, donations of both canned and non-perishable food (such as pasta, rice and dry beans) and new, unwrapped stuffed animals, toys and books are gladly accepted at the Fire Station at 1040 E. Hillsdale Blvd. This year, the department is unable to accept used toys, books or stuffed animals. Monetary donations, made payable to Samaritan House, are welcome.

Toys and food may be dropped off at the Fire Administration offices during regular business hours or at any time at the collection center behind the fire station.

Food contributions and toy donations will be distributed by Samaritan House to families in need here in our community. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 24.

For more information on making a donation contact the Fire Department at 286-3350.


Stuff the bus with toys Saturday, Dec. 1 throughout the Peninsula.

The San Mateo County/Redwood City Toy and Book Drive has brought the holiday spirit right to the doorsteps of many needy families with a delivery of toys from Santa. Each child served receives two gifts, a book, a stuffed animal and several stocking stuffers.

Please help "Stuff the Bus” with new toys, games and gift cards to make each child’s holiday special and happy. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the locations below, on Saturday, Dec. 1. You will also have an opportunity to take your picture with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and Deputy Sal Salamander (varies by location) for free, which can be downloaded/printed from after the event.

Bus No. 1, in collaboration with Buck’s, Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce, Cunha Country Market and Bridgepointe Shopping Center, will be at Buck’s in Woodside from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Cunha Country Market in Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Bridgepointe Shopping Center in San Mateo from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bus No. 2, in collaboration with San Mateo County HSA, Children’s Fund and Serramonte Center, will be at the Serramonte Center (near the food court in the parking lot) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A fire truck, in collaboration with San Carlos Fire, Bianchini’s Market, Kiwanis Club and Kohl’s Plaza, will be at Bianchini’s Market in San Carlos from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Kohl’s Plaza in Redwood City from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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