The San Francisco Firefighter's Toy Program is the city's largest and the nation's oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolve from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2004, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, neighborhood groups, children's cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. We also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters.
Dependent solely on donations, the Toy Program places collection barrels at retail establishments, street fairs, Christmas parties and many other functions.
Invite Us to your Holiday Party The holiday season is a time when friends gather to celebrate and offer a bit of Yuletide cheer. Many have made it a tradition to invite The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program to their parties. Everyone on the guest list is encouraged to bring a gift or monetary donation in support of the Toy Program and, our firefighters are on hand to collect them.
For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call (415)777-0440.
The San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education (SFFISE) program, in collaboration with the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF), visits school children grades K-5, providing half-hour safety presentations.