The Local 1974 is collecting toys for Toys For Tots to bring the spirit of the holidays to children of families in need.
Last year, the department collected and distributed 20,000 toys, and hopes to reach this goal for this holiday season.
This season is especially critical because, with the current economic times, several charitable organizations who have helped in the past are no longer able to because of funding shortages.
The toys collected will be donated to Tri-Valley children through the TriValley Haven. Beginning today, toy donations can be dropped off at any of the 10 LPFD Fire Stations within Pleasanton and Livermore at any time until Dec. 9.
For more information, please visit www.toysfortots.org.