We’ve got something to fill your heart with cheer – our 5th Annual Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is here! Join us from Friday, December 2nd, to Wednesday, December 21st as we collect Legos and coloring books, board games and basketballs for low-income and homeless children and families living in the Mission and in the Western Addition. This year, we seek to double the impact of our Toy Drive by also accepting cash and credit card donations online and in-store.
We’re continuing our long-time support of community-based organizations to create a happier holiday for our neighbors in need. Donations from Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will go to the Western Addition Beacon Center, which supports local youth through cultural programming, academic support, and sports activities. All toys from Bi-Rite Market and Bi-Rite Creamery on 18thStreet will go to Arriba Juntos, a Mission-based community organization fostering economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, for almost 50 years. Children’s Book Project will receive all book donations. Children’s Book Project supports Bay Area children who have few or no books in their homes and attend schools and childcare facilities where children’s books are desperately needed.
Once more, we’re collaborating with mission-driven merchants to spread the love. Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids and Rare Device will collect donations and bring in high-quality, educational and interactive toys, games, and art projects. Our excellent neighbors, Dandelion Chocolate and The Mill/Four Barrel Coffee are joining the fun with our annual “Toys and Treats” parklet parties and lots of warm beverages.
We need your support to ensure that underserved kids in San Francisco have a wonderful holiday. Donate in-store with any Bi-Rite purchase or please give new and unwrapped:
- Toys (for kids 12 and under)
- Books (for kids 16 and under)
- Sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, gloves, skateboards)
- Art supplies (unused)
From Friday, December 2nd to Wednesday, December 21st, drop off goodies in the toy barrels at the entrances of:
Looking for extra neighborhood fun? Swing by our Toys for Treats events! Enjoy a delicious Bi-Rite Creamery Christmas cookie or artisan beverage in exchange for a new toy donation:
Sunday, December 11th, from 10AM to 2PM. Co-hosted by The Mill at their parklet, we’ll welcome all guests with hot Four Barrel coffee and a photo op with a Santa Dog! Rare Device will feature a holiday pop-up shop with kid-friendly art supplies, books and toys for purchase.
Saturday, December 17th, from 12PM to 4PM. Co-hosted by Dandelion Chocolate at their brand-spanking new parklet, we will welcome all generous souls with Dandelion cocoa nib cider and a special holiday performance by the Spice Queers! Paxton Gate will be on site with selected toys for purchase for all those who’d like to give on the spot.
Last year, we collected over 480 toys via the generous outpouring from our staff, guests, local businesses, and greater community. Help us increase our impact!
Excited? Have questions? Email Shakirah, Bi-Rite’s Community Programs Manager!
The 2016 Bi-Rite Holiday Toy Drive is in collaboration with these amazing partners: