The Ave Bar To Host Second Ethnic Toy Drive

Volunteers collected hundreds of dolls at the first ethnic doll toy drive on Oct. 24. Photo courtesy of the Ave Bar

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Building on the success of its October ethnic toy drive, the Ave Bar, neighborhood groups and San Francisco firefighters are doing it again.

The collaboration collected approximately 300 ethnic toys and over $600 in donations for purchase toys to make sure they have a balance of toys representing the city’s diversity.

Monique Guidry, proprietor of Guidry Early Child Education Program and founder of the African American Early Childhood Educators, was an organizer for both drives.

“The Delta Sorority came through with a whole bunch of toys last time,” Guidry told the Ingleside Light. “It was really amazing.”

While some of the ethnic toys collected in October are slated for neighborhood children, all that is collected in December will go to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, Guidry said.

Legacy Business the Ave Bar will host the event and offer a $5 shot and beer special with the donation of an ethnic toy.

“We will sell barbecue plates — hamburgers and hot links — and all proceeds will go to purchasing toys for the kids,” Guidry said.

The event is sponsored by the Ave Bar, San Francisco African American Early Childhood Educators, Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside Cultural Participation Project, San Francisco Black Firefighters Association, San Francisco Fire Department Toy Drive, Ocean Ale House and Ocean View-MercedHeights-Ingleside Community Collaborative.

Ethnic Doll Toy Drive 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021

Time: 4 to 8 p.m.

Location, The Ave Bar, 1607 Ocean Ave.

For more information, call (415) 587-6645 or visit