Neighborhood Nonprofits Launch Soul Holidays Toy & Coat Drive

The Soul Holidays Toy & Coat Drive will collect coats and toys throughout the moth of December. Courtesy image

INGLESIDE, San Francisco — Throughout the month of December, Youth 1st and the OMI Cultural Participation Project are holding the Soul Holidays Toy & Coat Drive at Merced Heights Playground clubhouse.

“This year, despite the reduced funding and resources because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope to collect enough toys and new coats to meet the increased demand from the OMI community,” co-organizer and OMICPP Executive Director Maurice Rivers said. “100% of donations will benefit the Black-led and Black-owned and operated childcare centers and community centers in the San Francisco District 11 neighborhood.”

On weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. donors can drop off at the clubhouse cash gifts, toys for children and new and gently used coats for men, women and children. 

Their goal is to collect 300 coats and toys, according to Rivers.

The effort is supported by the OMI Invest Black collective. Its members include Our Kids First, Inner City Youth San Francisco, Youth 1st, Southwest Community Corporation, Our Special Place, Guidry Early Childcare Education Program, and the OMI Family Resource Center and Marg’s Childcare.

For more information, contact Renard Monroe at (415) 349-2015 or visit www.youth1stprogram.com.