Recent census data is sobering about the level of poverty in our community. According to a recent media report, Oakland's child poverty rate is now at 28 percent, up from 18 percent three years ago. That means that nearly 1 in 3 kids in Oakland are living in poverty. With the holiday season just around the corner, these kids need a spark of hope. And we need your help.


We anticipate that the Mayor's Toy Drive will need to serve 8,000 children this year-that's 2,000 kids more than last year. To be sure that no child faces the holiday without some recognition, our goal is to raise an additional $25,000.


Please consider contributing a new, unwrapped toy or book to the toy drive, or better yet, make a donation to help give kids some holiday cheer.


Checks should be made out to: "Mayor's Toy Drive" and delivered  or mailed to the Mayor's Office on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland 94612, or donations can be made safely online at www.oaklandnet.com.


Toys can be dropped off at the following locations during regular business hours: 

  • Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
  • 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza
  • 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza
  • Oakland Fire stations
  • Oakland Police Administration Building, 455 7th Street
  • Oakland Police Eastmont Substation, 2651 73rd Avenue
  • Main Library, 125 14th Street
  • César Chávez Library, 3301 East 12th Street
  • Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue
  • Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street
  • Port of Oakland, 530 Water Street
  • Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street
  • Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
  • Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road
  • EndGame store, 921 Washington Street in Old Oakland
  • Grand Lake Café, 440 Grand Avenue

Thank you for supporting Oakland's children this holiday season! Your donation is greatly appreciated.


For more information, call (510) 777-TOYS.


Pat Kernighan

City of Oakland

District 2 Councilmember