Santa has a lot of helpers hard at work around Folsom already and you may have already seen them in action. The Folsom Citizens Assisting Public Safety (CAPS), in partnership with the Folsom Police and Fire departments, are collecting holiday toys and gift items for Folsom families in need, according to a news release from the City of Folsom

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The collection will continue through December 8 and there are several ways the community can participate and help, according to information provided by the City of Folsom.

Residents can select to fulfill the specific wish of a child from the Virtual Christmas Tree, choose to receive an Amazon Wish List, or shop for the item locally. Another option is to donate a gift of your choosing for a child, teen, or adult. New, unopened, and unwrapped toys, as well as new clothing or gift cards, may be dropped off at designated gift drop-off locations. 

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The CAPS Christmas Toy Drive has been providing gifts to families in need in Folsom for over 8 years. The Toy Drive is all made possible by the Folsom’s CAPS, volunteers on behalf of the Folsom Police and Fire Departments, the Folsom Police Foundation and the Folsom Police Officers Association.

Each year, CAPS volunteers work with schools to identify families in need in our community and to collect each child’s Christmas wishes. Wishes are granted by generous community donations and delivered by Folsom Police and Fire Department personnel and CAPS volunteers.

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You can also watch for local collection events taking place in the days ahead. Last Saturday, the FPOA set up camp outside Folsom’s Bacchus House where they collected numerous toys from members of the community that came by to make a donation. The FPOA will be out collecting toys again Saturday, Dec. 2 at Lazy Dog Restaurant in Folsom where you can get an early look at Santa’s Sleigh before it hits the streets of Folsom in the coming weeks. 

For more information you can visit the official toy drive website at:www.folsomtoydrive.com for additional details and designated gift drop-off locations. Contact Jessica Hess at 916-461-6516 or jhess@folsom.ca.us for more information. 

The annual toy drive continues through Dec. 8 with multiple facets of the Folsom Police Department all pitching in. Bill Sullivan photo.

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Members of Hearts 4 Heroes USA drop off toys with Eric Adams of Bacchus House Saturday evening. Bill Sullivan photo.
Adrian Blanco (far left) and Kimberly Morphis were among the many that stopped by the FPOA Toy collection event at Bacchus House Saturday night. Look for another collection event Dec. 2 at Lazy Dog at the Folsom Palladio.
Folsom Mayor Rosario Rodriguez was one of the early visitors to Saturday’s FPOA toy collection at Bacchus House. Bill Sullivan photo.
The FPOA collected numerous toys towards the Folsom Toy Drive Saturday night.