By Mike Kinney
Sam Lee, owner of the popular Phila Burger Station in Richmond, is spreading awareness on a number of upcoming toy giveaway opportunities. He reached out to the Standard to ensure his neighbors know about these upcoming events:
Richmond Tire at 1608 Market St. will host its 9th Annual Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Toys and food will be given out to community members in need. Kids must attend to receive toys. Toy donations are being accepted until Dec. 24.
JM Customz at 754 Market Ave. will host its annual giveaway event this Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 3:30 p.m. Prior to the toy giveaway, the from noon to 3 p.m., the family business will host carnival activities from noon to 3 p.m., including jumpers, games, a train ride, Christmas ornament making, cooking, decorating, face and nail painting, haircuts, food, drink and live music.
House of Loving Hands will host its toy and food giveaway at CoBiz Richmond, 1503 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond on Sunday, Dec. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. To RSVP, call (510) 730-1162. The organization is run by Deneshia Clemons and focuses on aiding families who have been affected by domestic violence. She has been hosting many events such as the upcoming toy giveaway for some years.
In the spirit of Lee’s eagerness to ensure local families know about toy giveaway opportunities, the Standard should mention other local events that are upcoming.
They include United Hearts‘ 2nd Annual Community Toy Giveaway on Sat., Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nonprofit will give away 350 toys at a Richmond location to be determined. Children will receive toys on a first come, first served basis and must be present to receive them. There will also be “a large arts & crafts section for the entire family to enjoy” per organizers.
The Metro By T-Mobile store in Richmond will host its annual toy giveaway and free photos with Santa Claus event on Sunday, Dec. 18 (more details to come on this event)
The annual Richmond Fire & Police Holiday Food and Toy Program will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, although signups to receive food and toys have closed. The event set the goal of serving 500 families in need.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.