The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will team up with the U.S. Marines to collect items for Toys for Tots today in Dublin at a time when organizers say donations are down 30 percent.
Members of the fire department will be at the Dublin Toys R Us, 6850 Amador Plaza Road from 8 a.m. to noon today.
Program coordinators report that toy collection is down nearly one-third compared to this time last year, when firefighters and Marines met a goal of collecting 15,000 toys.
Firefighters will display a 1945 antique fire engine as they accept unwrapped toy donations for the Toys for Tots Program, which has been the centerpiece of holiday fundraising for local firefighters and the Marines for more than a decade. The program began in 1947, when Maj. Bill Hendricks, USCR, and a group of Marine reservists in Los Angeles, collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.
Toys can also be delivered at any one of the Livermore-Pleasanton fire stations in the region as well as police stations in both cities through the holiday period. For more information, call 454-2361.