Toy Program

Toy program, dalmation in toy box

We are happy to announce the launch of the 2019 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program, which ensures that all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank will receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children ages 0-12 and gift cards for their youth ages 13-17.

This citywide program is a partnership of the Alameda Firefighters, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Red Cross Youth, Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families (ACCYF), Christ Episcopal Church, and other community organizations.

Starting Monday, November 18, collection boxes will be placed at all AUSD school sites, local businesses across the island (see below), and City of Alameda buildings. We encourage you to place new, unwrapped toys (please no gun type toys) in the boxes before the final pickup on December 18. Toys needed most are scooters, remote-controlled cars, sports balls, board games, Legos, and educational toys.                                     

Cash donations are also needed to purchase the $30 Target gift cards given to youth ages 13-17 and to purchase toys not donated in sufficient quantities to meet the need. Checks made out to Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) can be mailed to P.O. Box 6523, Alameda, CA 94501. Your donation is tax-deductible.

                            

To Receive Toys and Gift Cards

All low-income families needing toys are invited to sign up in-person at the Alameda Food Bank during regular pantry hours now through December 14. Please bring proof of Alameda residency (for example, recent mail or rent agreement) and a photo ID for everyone in the household. Head Start families and Alameda Point Collaborative residents will have the opportunity to sign up at program sites. Toys will be distributed on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.                                                                 

The Food Bank Pantry is located at 1900 Thau Way. Hours to sign-up to receive toys are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1-4 PM
  • Tuesday, from 4:30-6:30 PM
  • The second, third, and fourth Saturday of each month, from 11 AM-1 PM

Toy Drop-Off Locations

Please place new, unwrapped toys in a collection box at one of the Alameda Firefighters Toy Program locations listed below:

  • Fire Station 1: 2401 Encinal
  • Fire Station 2: 635 Pacific

  • Fire Station 3: 1625 Buena Vista

  • Fire Station 4: 2595 Mecartney

  • Alameda City Hall: 2263 Santa Clara

  • Alameda Free Library: 1550 Oak

  • Alameda Police Department: 1555 Oak

  • Alameda Recreation & Park Dept: 2226 Santa Clara

  • Alameda Municipal Power: 2000 Grand

  • Alameda Chamber of Commerce: 2215-A South Shore Center

  • Alameda Hospital (Willow entrance)

  • Alameda Housing Authority: 701 Atlantic

  • Alameda Island Brewing Co: 1716 Park

  • Bank of Marin: 2208 S Shore Center, 805 Marina Village Pkwy

  • Beacon Business Bank, 1442 Webster

  • Bladium: 800 Tower Ave.

  • Cerda Zein Real Estate: 2514 Santa Clara

  • Child Unique Montessori: 2226 Encinal

  • Coffee & Tea Traders, 883 Island Dr. (Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center)

  • Edwards Jones Offices: 887 Island Dr. Suite A, 1430 Everett Suite A, 2412 Central, 1504 Encinal Suite B

  • Elder’s Inn: 1721 Webster

  • FAAS: 1590 Fortmann Way, 2228A South Shore Center                                                       

  • Kelly Lux – State Farm Insurance: 564 Park                                                                                                   

  • Mastick Senior Center: 1155 Santa Clara

  • McGee’s Bar & Grill: 1645 Park

  • Park Centre Animal Hospital: 2501 Central

  • Park Waters Edge Lodge, 801 Island Dr.

  • Poppy Bank, Nob Hill Foods: 2531 Blanding Ave.

  • Rising Star Montessori: 1421 High

  • Santa’s House: South Shore Center

  • Starbucks: 1364 Park, 2210-J South Shore Center, 720 Atlantic, 2671 Blanding

  • Toy Safari, 1410 Park

  • Tucker's Super Creamed Ice Cream: 1349 Park

  • Wine and Waffles: 1505 Park

Please see a complete list of toy drop-off sites at www.alamedaca.gov/toyprogram. For more information, contact Jim Franz, Alameda Firefighters Toy Program Coordinator, at 510-913-0171 or email trumpet.jim12@gmail.com