How to contribute to Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Program

Richmond Fire Capt. Rico Rincon (right) and Richmond Police Officer Khala Finley are poised to help raise funds for families in need this holiday season.

Here’s how you can help!

The Richmond police and fire departments are calling for the community’s assistance in donating to the 33rd Annual Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Program.

The program provides toys, bicycles and food to up to 1,200 local families every year.

“This is a time where we look to our local businesses and our residents who can help out,” Richmond police Capt. Rico Rincon said, adding, “For some of our residents, this is a time of need. So we try to do our part by contributing.”

There are several ways to help support this program’s efforts on ensuring every family with children can celebrate the holidays with a delicious turkey dinner, as well as toys and bicycles for the kids.

  1. Donate toys in bins set up at police and fire stations
  2. Make a donation to the holiday program by visiting
  3. Buy a bike and helmet for $59 by clicking this link or by visiting the website.

City agencies, community organizations and local corporate sponsors including Chevron Richmond participate in the Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Program every year.

The holiday drive culminates a few days before Christmas with families picking up their donated items at a city location. Families sign up in advance to participate in the program.

The Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Program was inspired back in 1989 by now-retired Richmond firefighter Rod Woods, who organized a toy drive. Meanwhile, the Richmond Police Department had been running a food drive. After many years of growing their separate programs, Fire and Police united as one entity, with the Chevron Fire Department also stepping up and adding its continued support. For a time, El Cerrito Fire also joined the effort.