Richmond Fire and Police Toy Program

Welcome to the Richmond Fire and Police Toy Program

 Helping Families In Need                                    

About Us


Board Members

Adrian Sheppard, Richmond Fire Chief, President

Ben Therriault, Richmond Police Officers Association, Vice President 

Cindy Haden, Secretary 

Bea Roberson, Treasurer

Stacy Moffitt, Chevron Community Engagement

Chief Mark Ayers, Chevron Fire 

Anita Retzinger, E.M. Downer YMCA

Pamela Jones, Richmond Rotary 

Jason Wilcox, Courtyard by Marriott 


West County families need your help. Many families struggle to make ends meet during the holidays. You can help a familiy having tough times. Please consider making a tax deductible donation. 

Contact Us

Contact Information

If you'd like to mail a donation, you may use the contact information below.

Contact e-mail:

Richmond Fire and Police Toy Program

PO Box 5468 Richmond, CA 94805


Our Story

The joy of watching kids opening their presents is something most parents look forward to at Christmas.  Sadly, some families don't get to see that joy because they can't afford presents or even a nice meal.  

In 1989, Richmond firefighter Rod Woods (now retired) saw the need in the community and organized a small local toy drive to help families in need.  At the same time and separately, the Richmond Police Department also saw the need in the community, only their focus was on providing families with food for that special meal and beyond.  

After many years of growing their separate programs, and having outgrown the space at the Booker T. Anderson Community Center where the event took place, Fire and Police decided to unite as one entity and file for non-profit status so they could get corporate sponsors to help more families.  Chevron Fire stepped up and continues their support.  El Cerrito Fire also joined for a time.  

The E.M. Downer YMCA stepped up to offer a larger space in their gym, as well as providing support for the sign-ups, administrative support and smiles all around.  The program went from serving over 500 families with toys and food to over 1,500 with the addition of a chance to win a donated bicycle.  

Corporate sponsors such as Chevron, Mechanics Bank, Richmond Sanitary, Richmond Rotary, Sims Metal, Costco, the Courtyard by Marriott and many others stepped up to the plate to offer not only money, but volunteers who helped with toy bagging, food bagging and at the event itself, handing out bags, helping to carry bags, handling the bike giveaway and much more.  There were bikes to build, trucks to drive to pick up toys, bikes, food and chicken.  Fire and Police, along with community volunteers, came together to make it happen.  The Richmond Police Explorers helped with the logistics and keeping the lines in order, and also with assisting those needing help carrying the bags of toys and food.  

Rod Woods was the heart and soul of the program.  His outgoing personality, ability to talk people into giving support in many forms will be missed.  

Buy A Kid A Bike

Richmond Rotary Toy Program Partnership

One day in December, children flock to the EM Downer YMCA in Richmond. Through a lottery, some kids win a bike and some don’t. The more bikes, the more happy kids. Simple.   So buy a kid a bike: $49/each (includes helmet). For more than 1 bike, enter an amount or write a check in multiples of $49.    

Click button below (credit cards accepted) or mail checks payable to Richmond Rotary Club, to 3260 Blume Drive, Suite 410  Richmond, CA 94806


What does serving hundreds of families look like? It looks like this!