Volunteers hand out toys to low-income kids

December 24, 2008 1:31:06 PM PST
A San Mateo County nonprofit will distribute gifts to families in need today during the last day of the Samaritan House Holiday Program Toy Shoppe.

Families will be welcomed by volunteers at the Toy Shoppe from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will receive bags of age- and gender-specific toys for each child, organizers said.

The Toy Shoppe has been handing out gifts to registered families since last week, spokeswoman Nancy Carothers said. Families will also be able to choose holiday decorations from a boutique at the Toy Shoppe, organizers said.

Samaritan House provides year-round services to low-income families and individuals and has hosted the holiday program for more than 20 years, providing additional food and toys for children every holiday season.

The agency is able to leverage donations to change every $1 spent on the holiday program into $15 worth of goods and services. The efforts are almost entirely volunteer-driven, Carothers said.

The last day of the Samaritan House Holiday Program Toy Shoppe will be held at 1515 S. Claremont St. in San Mateo from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. today.

Toy donations will be accepted at the administration offices at 1511 S. Claremont St. in San Mateo until the Toy Shoppe closes. Gifts and gift certificates for children ages 10 to 12 and 13 to 16 are especially needed.


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