Over the past decade Fleet Feet has hosted the annual Free Holiday Classic 5K and Salvation Army toy drive. There was no entry to this event we simply asked for toy donations if individuals could afford to donate. That event generated just over 1,000 toys.
The Salvation Army anticipates needing a minimum of 19,000 toys for families this year. Due to circumstances beyond their control the annual toy drive at Cal Expo will not take place in 2020. The Cal Expo site has been converted into a drive-thru COVID testing site.
Although things are different this year Fleet Feet still plans on reaching out to the running community to assist with toy donations.
Please join us in helping gather toys for this purpose. From now to December 13 all three of our local Fleet Feet stores (Sacramento, Davis and Elk Grove) will be accepting unwrapped toys. Our goal is to deliver 1,000 (or more) toys to the Salvation Army as we have in years past.
We are also hosting a drive through toy donation site on Saturday, December 5 at our Sacramento Fleet Feet location. Come to the alley behind our store (on 23rd St. between I and J) from 10 am to 3 pm. You’ll see a Salvation Army truck ready to accept all unwrapped toy donations along with the bell ringers with their red kettles. Every donation provides help and hope, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given.
Toys and gifts are needed for all age groups, including the 11-17 year olds. The most popular items on the list for the older kids are make-up, sunglasses, games and accessories for phones (such as ring lights, microphones, headphones, earbuds, etc.)
Safety is always a priority—All Salvation Army staff and volunteers will be complying with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and ask that those dropping off unwrapped toys to please wear masks. Staff and volunteers taking part in the event will be temperature checked upon arrival and will be wearing masks. See you there!