As the Christmas season came to a close last week, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department was thanking the community for its involvement in the annual Toys for Tots drive. Even with the receding economy and campaigns across the nation reported 30 percent fewer toys, the LPFD collection surpassed the goal of bringing in 15,000 toys.
With the added resources of the Marines this year and the recycling of past support materials the campaign was able to collect more than 16,600 toys so far. The LPFD sent about 13,000 toys to the Tri-Valley area, with an added 1,000 last-minute requests on Saturday. They also reportedly sent out 1,600 toys to San Jose, where they received 45,000 of the 90,000 they had hoped to receive.