Residents invited to gift wrapping event in Redwood City tonight

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Residents are encouraged to help out in wrap over 500 toys and books tonight at Red Morton Gym in Redwood City.

The gift wrapping event, set to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Red Morton Community Center at 1120 Roosevelt Ave., will support the annual Redwood City/San Mateo County Toy & Book Drive.

The drive serves hundreds of local families in need through various fundraising and donation efforts, including toy and book barrels located at dozens of local businesses and public centers, along with sponsorships and donations from many individuals and businesses.

Sequoia Yacht Club (SYC) donated bicycles this year, while the engineering department at Redwood City-based donated a collection of Legos and books. Hoot Judkins Furniture launched a Toys for Tax promotion where it paid the sales tax for purchasers who donate a toy for the effort. A Tournament for Tots softball competition also helps contribute toys to the large pile, adding to the eclectic list of fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, a Charity Softball event featuring local law enforcement and fire officials had to be postponed due to last weekend’s rains.

And there’s also been many community members assisting police and sheriff’s officials in gathering, transporting and sorting the gifts, from Rotarians to members of the Girl Scouts and British Swim School.

At the end, Santa Claus delivers presents personally to each child’s home escorted by uniformed police officer, deputy sheriff or firefighter personnel.

Photo courtesy of the Redwood City/San Mateo County Toy and Book Drive Facebook page.