For Immediate Release
November 18, 2013
 
Contact: Effie Milionis Verducci, Communications Manager
County of San Mateo, Human Services Agency
Phone: (650) 802-6433
 
Season of Giving Has Launched for
San Mateo County’s Neediest Children
 
Belmont, CA – As San Mateo County residents go about their errands and shopping this
season, they might notice shiny red barrels placed in storefronts, banks, and office
buildings. These toy donation barrels are part of San Mateo County Human Services
Agency’s Children’s Fund drive. They have placed 67 toy donation barrels throughout
the region, thus making it easier for residents to donate toys and items in the barrels while
doing their own errands.
 
The toy barrel campaign is in place November through early December. In addition, there
is a gift tag campaign which allows individuals, or groups, to provide a child with their
most wished-for item this season.
 
County volunteers sort the donations of new, unwrapped gifts and deliver to children,
ranging in age from newborn to 18 years. Recipients are identified through the pool of
families currently in County programs such as foster youth, and those receiving food and
shelter assistance. “We all have a responsibility to make sure that the least fortunate
among us can really share in the joy of this holiday season,” said County Supervisor and
Children’s Fund Advisory Board Member Adrienne Tissier.
 
Last year, the Children's Fund provided gifts to over 3,822 children. “Every year, it
makes me proud to see the generosity of the employees of San Mateo County, private
businesses and our residents who come together to collect toys and deliver them to
families in need,” stated Tissier.
 
The County of San Mateo Children’s Fund has been helping the County’s
underprivileged children since 1973. Current programs include the annual holiday toy
drive, orthodontia and specialized dental assistance, a school supply drive, and reprogrammed
computers. The County of San Mateo Human Services Agency assists
individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency, promote community and
family strength, and works to ensure child safety and well-being. More information can