OAKLAND — Mayor Ron Dellums' office and the San Jose Sharks are hosting a special Holiday Toy Drive event at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Oakland Ice Center.
Anyone who donates a new, unwrapped, nonviolent toy will receive free admission and skate rentals at the ice rink. The Sharks' Torrey Mitchell will sign autographs for the first 100 people to donate a toy.
Donations are down 50 percent for the mayor's Holiday Toy Drive.
"We have seen our nation grapple with the results of a severe national recession," Dellums said. "When much has been beyond our control, we do have the ability to make a difference in a child's life this holiday season. We need the community's help to provide for our city's neediest children who deserve to be overwhelmed with the spirit of holiday giving."
A toy drive donation barrel will be available in the Oakland Ice Center lobby, 519 18th St., throughout the holiday season.
This year marks the 30th year the mayor's Holiday Toy Drive has provided toys for Oakland's children in need. All financial donations are tax deductible, and checks should be made payable to Mayor's Community Toy Drive and dropped off at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
Toys also may be dropped off at the following locations: all Oakland fire stations, City Hall, Oakland Police Department, Oakland Police Eastmont Substation, Oakland Public Library, Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland Zoo, Lions Center for the Blind, Port of Oakland, and Bench and Bar. For more information, please call the hot line at 510-777-TOYS.