Willows toy drive effort in full gear; volunteers needed


Willows neighborhood residents have again organized a toy drive to benefit children in the Ravenswood City School District, which includes Belle Haven School in Menlo Park.

Local donors have until Saturday, Dec. 7, to contribute to the effort – one that organizers hope will result in 2,500 toys and gift cards. Donors who would like to choose toys themselves are being urged to make their purchases from Cheeky Monkey in downtown Menlo Park, which has offered to discount direct purchases to benefit the toy drive, according Chrisie Wendin, a key organizer of the effort.

Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at 1231 Woodland Ave. in Menlo Park – on the porch and in a plastic bag if it's raining.

Donated funds will be used by volunteers to purchase toys and $25 gift cards.

Toy Drive organizers are also seeking volunteers to transport toys on Dec. 6 and 7; to help set up distribution on Dec. 7; and to help with distribution efforts on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Ravenswood district office.

For information on where to send gift cards and checks for the drive or to volunteer, email, or call or text 650-207-3835.

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