And so I work at it. And every year I get discouraged, because I too get bogged down with the idea that society is as selfish as the media would like us to believe. Because by now the generosity of previous years has been drowned out by chaos, summer and the overwhelm of every day life.
But little by little, as the days cool and the smells become warmer around us, and I begin to put the word out of what is needed to pull off a toy drive, I am reminded that I can't do it alone, nor have I ever had to. Because the generosity of others begin with small steps and big hearts.
Every kid deserves a Christmas.
Please consider joining us at our annual event and fundraiser, The Bay Area Collective 2016 Toy Drive. Dinner and comedy - and all of your money goes directly to the US Marines' Toys For Tots program that has been helping families since 1947. This year, more than ever, they are in need of monetary donations. We have a great lineup of comics who have graciously volunteered their time for your entertainment: Stephen Turner, Bob Johnston, Sam Marcoux, Noah Gain and Brian Blanco. Our host is PF Changs in Walnut Creek. And there's a raffle! Please see our list of donors below.
There is no way to do this without community, and I am ever thankful to be a part of this one.
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If you can't make it to the event but would still like to help, you may do so here:
All purchases and donations are fully tax-deductible.
Let's do this.
Donors - please learn more by checking out their sites!
PF Changs (Walnut Creek)
The Cheesecake Factory (Walnut Creek)
Red Lobster (Pittsburg)