Pics! Massive toy drive by local police and fire departments benefit 1,000-plus West County families


More than 1,000 local families received toys and food for the holidays while more than 400 bicycles were given away at the Coronado YMCA on Saturday as part of a massive annual toy drive.

The hugely successful Richmond/El Cerrito Fire and Police Holiday Toy Program was a sight to see. The program started two decades ago when Richmond firefighter Rod Woods parked his vehicle in the area of Cutting Boulevard and Harbour Way and began distributing collected toys to local children, prompting a police officer to stop and assist him. The toy collection drive has since grown exponentially.

A team of Chevron Richmond employees volunteered to help distribute items at the YMCA gym, which was filled to the brim with toys, bikes and good cheer. A company representative passed along photos to share with our readers.

We’ve also included a photo or two from the Richmond Police Department. As you will see in the second photo, Police Chief Chris Magnus and City Manager Bill Lindsay were among those helping out.



Pics! Massive toy drive by local police and fire benefits 1,000-plus West County families