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Lefty O'Doul's seeking toys for needy children

December 24, 2010 12:46:59 PM PST
A last-minute holiday toy drive is kicking into high gear at San Francisco's Lefty O'Doul's restaurant in Union Square. Firefighters will deliver them to children to 40,000 children this Christmas and they still need more toys.

Nick Bovis is the owner of Lefty O'Douls and for 10 years he has been collecting toys for tens of thousands of needy kids for the firefighters toy drive. He's so lost in the Christmas spirit, he is even giving away his presents.

"The first year I did it, I saw the look on the kids' faces and I said, 'I got to keep doing this. My kids are coming down and bringing some of their toys and I told my wife no presents this year, I am going to donate the money to the Firefighter's Toy Program," he said.

He credits Santa John with making this Christmas toy drive a success. He is the same Santa John who was considered naughty by Macy's, but is clearly nice at O'doul's.

"We asked for toys, giving out toys for 31 years and now the toys are coming to me and it's wonderful because so many children in this town need toys," Santa said.

Luxor Cab is also feeling the spirit of giving.

"We'll pick up toys and we'll bring them down to Lefty O'Douls free of charge. And we need a lot of toys, people of San Francisco, so let's get going," John Lazar from Luxor Cab said.

All you have to do is call 415-282-4141 and let Luxor cab know you have new unwrapped toys to donate. It's a one-of-a-kind effort and a San Francisco special.

"I don't think there is anywhere else in the country where a bar or restaurant is open on Christmas Eve, 5 a.m. till midnight, plus it's in the shopping district and people are out and about and they are just like, 'oh OK, I'll come to Macy's buy it and drop it off.' It's very nice," Danny Garcia from the Firefighters Toy Program said.

Organizers say come on now San Francisco because Santa can use a little help this year. They will be accepting toys until 11 p.m.


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