SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — More than 300 children in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood will receive gifts from BART police officers Sunday afternoon as part of the agency’s annual Christmas toy drive.

BART employees bought 648 toys for low-income children during this year’s drive, and they will be given to 450 Chinese families living in San Francisco.

Each year the agency selects a recipient of the toy drive, and this year the Chinatown Community Development Center was selected.

The Rev. Norman Fong, deputy director at the center, said in a statement that many of the families who will receive gifts “are so poor that the only housing they can afford is to cram the entire family into a single room with no (private) bathroom.”

Fong said, “These rooms are usually no bigger than eight feet by eight feet. It’s like living in a closet.”

BART police officers will be handing out the toys to children Sunday afternoon at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School.

The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the school, located at 950 Clay St. in San Francisco.

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Comments (2)
  1. Vince Ferguson says:

    Glad to read good news, especially for Chinatown!

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