Toy and Coat Drive for Verde Elementary Needs Help

Volunteers are working hard this holiday season to obtain 300 toys and over 100 coats for the children of Verde Elementary School in North Richmond.
The ongoing economic crisis has hit North Richmond, one of two lowest income communities in the state, especially hard.
“Over the years, it’s been gratifying to see the community come forward and help Verde students with generous donations of toys and coats,” said Supervisor John Gioia.
“Those who donate, and the kids who receive the gifts get great joy from this event.  It brings the community together,” he said.  “We are asking the community to continue the tradition of helping those less fortunate and helping us reach our goal of one toy for every child, and a coat for each child who needs one.”
 Lloyd Madden, President of the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC), who attended Verde School, said that his organization is contributing $200 and will appeal to others to follow their example.
Cash or check donations are especially welcome and tax deductible. All donations must be received by noon, Friday, Dec. 9. Checks should be made payable to the non-profit Neighborhood House of North Richmond c/o 2011 Verde Toy and Coat Drive. Toys must be unwrapped. This year the drive is asking for NEW light jackets (instead of heavy winter/snow coats), sizes XS to XL. Children will be able to wear these year-round.
The 14th annual Verde Holiday Drive is sponsored by John Gioia’s office and volunteers who work for the City of Richmond. The toys and coats will be distributed at the Verde Holiday Party at the school on the morning of Friday, Dec. 16.