A modified holiday gift and toy drive is 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 our 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 Satellite 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 December 25 at the Cotati Police Department or the Rancho Adobe Fire Department. Additionally, former Rotarian Steven Elliot, owner of Fundemonium Toys located at 579 Rohnert Park Expressway near the Rohnert Park Cinemas says “Buy a toy to donate at Fundemonium and we will give you back gift certificates equal to 20 percent of your donation. The gift certificates become active on December 25 and they make great stocking stuffers." For those wishing to donate, please also consider gifts or gift cards for the ages of 12 to 16 as many times these young people are underserved.
To apply for assistance please go to the Cotati Police Department or the Rancho Adobe Fire Departments to complete an application. Applications will only be accepted between December 1 and December 9. Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public lobby areas for both the Cotati Police Department and the Rancho Adobe Fire Departments are closed to the public. There will be application boxes at all of these locations outside of the public lobby areas. Additionally, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off in the toy barrels at the same locations.
Following COVID-19 safety protocol, no gifts will be delivered by Santa, like in previous years. Families will be required to pick up unwrapped toys at 216 E. School St., next to Cotati City Hall. Each application has a family number and date and time to pick up toys. Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH) which is the local food bank will also be providing a bag of food to approximately 80 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 message system at (707) 228-2020.