LightHouse Launches 3rd Annual Food and Toy Drive

LightHouse Client Miguel Lepe places a toy in the toy barrelPlease join LightHouse and the Bay Area blind community this season for our 3rd annual Food and Toy Drive. Canned and dry food donations will be given to the San Francisco Food Bank, and non-wrapped toys given to the Blind Babies Foundation. An FAQ as well as a partial list of suggested toys that have proven to be some of the most stimulating for blind and low vision infants and toddlers can be found below. New toys in original packaging are greatly appreciated.

When: October through December 15, 2014
Where: Bring your donations of food or toys to LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters

Note: To ensure families and children receive the toys in time for the holidays, LightHouse requests that all toy donations be made by December 1 to ensure delivery to Blind Babies before the holidays. We will continue to collect food donations until December 15th.

Barrels for both food and toys will be located in the downstairs lobby of LightHouse in our San Francisco Headquarters at 214 Van Ness Avenue. Building off of last year’s success, we hope to collect at least 400 pounds of food and four barrels of toys this year. Each donor will be registered to win a $25.00 coupon for upcoming Adult or Youth Programing or a $25 gift certificate for Adaptations, the LightHouse store.

With your donation we can make more smiles happen this holiday season. If you have any questions regarding the Food or Toy Drive, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415)694-7372 or by email at


What can I donate?
Canned and dried food will gladly be accepted, as well as any unwrapped toys (see suggested list below for toy ideas).

When can I donate?
Both the food and toy drive will start on October 1. Toy donations will be collected until December 1st and Food Drive donations will be collected until December 15th.

Where can I drop off donations?
LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters: 214 Van Ness, San Francisco

Who gets what I donate?
All toy donations will go to the Blind Babies Foundation in Oakland and all food donations will go to the SF Marin Food Bank.

The following is a list of suggested toys for blind and low vision infants and toddlers:

– Manhattan Toy Skwish Color Burst
– Fisher Price Little Superstar Classical Stacker
– Edushape Sensory Balls
– OBall Rattle
– Mozart Magic Cube
– Any Nesting/Stacking Cups and Toys
– Toy Gyms/Playmats
– LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
– Cloud B Twilight Turtle Constellation Night Light
– Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band in a Box 10-Piece Set
– Sassy Sensory Gym