The Golden State Warriors are encouraging fans attending the preseason game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, December 17, at Oracle Arena to bring a new, unwrapped toy in support of the 2011 Oakland Mayor’s Community Toy Drive.
As an incentive for fans to take part in this year’s Toy Drive, the first 400 fans that drop off a toy when they enter Oracle Arena will receive a voucher that gains them entrance to an exclusive post-game “Chalk Talk” with select Warriors players immediately following Saturday night’s contest. Drop-off locations for the toys include the East Plaza, East Main, North Main and E-Lot entrances.
“We’re proud to join forces with Mayor Jean Quan and the City of Oakland in helping collect toys for local children that might not otherwise receive any gifts during the holiday season,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “This is one of several events that we are holding during our Season of Giving in an effort to give back to our community and assist our neighbors in need.”
“This year we need community support more than ever. Demand for toys is up significantly since last year,” said Mayor Quan, adding that Oakland’s child poverty rate is now at 28 percent, up from 18 percent three years ago. “That means that nearly one in three children in Oakland are living in poverty. We anticipate a need for 8,000 toys this year, 2,000 more than last year. To be sure that no child faces the holiday without some recognition, we need your help.”
Toys, socks, gloves, books, art supplies and other new, unwrapped gifts suitable for children ages 0-12 are needed. For more information on the 2011 Oakland Mayor’s Community Toy Drive, please call (510) 777-TOYS.