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Annual holiday gift and toy drive

  • Helping Santa in no particular order are Casey Gray, Robert Nappi and Mike Porter from the Rancho Adobe Fire Department, B. Mitchell, A. Mohammed and Carrie Peoples from the Cotati Police Department, Marie Lemus, Jim Strickland, Keith Schoenthal and Lilia Gonzalez from the Rancho Cotati Rotary Club, Santa, Irene Hilsendager and Bob Stewart from the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati. Photo by Robert Grant

By: Bob Stewart
November 29, 2019

A holiday gift and toy drive are underway to support families in Cotati, Penngrove and Rohnert Park. For over 20 years, this holiday gift and toy drive has grown not only in popularity but also in partnership with others in order to help fill needs in the communities. The Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati working together with the Rancho Adobe Fire District, the Cotati Police Department, Cotati City Employees, Rancho Cotati Rotary Club, Rotary Interact and Rotaract members, the Rohnert Park Chapter of Realtors and the community at large work toward fulfilling the needs of those families in need of a little help.

The generosity of the community to support this program is amazing as each year hundreds of toys, gifts, gift cards and cash are donated. These donations are accepted through Dec. 25 at the Cotati Police Department or at any of the Rancho Adobe Fire Departments. Buy a toy to put in the donation barrel at Fundemonium Toys and receive a Fundemonium gift card equal to 20 percent of the donation. They make great stocking stuffers and gifts for family and friends. Fundemonium Toys is located at 579 Rohnert Park Expressway near the Rohnert Park Cinemas. 

For those wishing to donate, please also consider gifts or gift cards for the ages of 9 to 14 as many times these young people are underserved.

To apply for assistance please go to the Cotati Police Department or any of the Rancho Adobe Fire Departments to complete an application. Applications will only be accepted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 9, 2019.

Santa’s elves will be wrapping the gifts Dec. 14 at the Burton Recreation Center, Burton and Bernice Ave. starting at 9 a.m. and his helpers will also assist Santa who will be driven to each delivery location in a Rancho Adobe Fire engine or a Cotati Police car on Dec. 21. This will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Burton Recreation Center along with Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH) which is the local food bank will also be providing a bag of food to approximately 75 of these families. 

For Rohnert Park residents, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety coordinates a separate toy drive and may be contacted in lieu of applying for assistance through the program previously described. We ask that those applying for assistance only do so with one organization as a way of assuring that everyone is served. Those who apply for both programs may be considered ineligible. 

While phone requests will not be accepted, those wishing further information may call the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati’s voicemail system at (707) 765-4898 to leave a message.