SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 3, 2012) - Zephyr Real Estate is once again collecting donations for the annual Food and Toy drives to benefit those who would otherwise not have a holiday celebration. As in prior years, the San Francisco Firefighters' Toy Program and the San Francisco Food Bank are the recipients of the donations from all six offices in San Francisco. To find the nearest Zephyr office to drop off a donation, visit www.zephyrsf.com. Donations should be made by December 20 when the barrels will be collected and delivered to the respective organizations.
Last year, the SF Firefighters Toy Program gave away 40,000 toys to over 25,000 children. Dependent solely upon donations, this program is the City's largest of its kind, as well as the nation's oldest, and has been actively brightening the holidays for disadvantaged children since 1949. Their work is not only around the holidays, but throughout the year for displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other disasters. Annually, approximately 200,000 toys are distributed. Toys should be new and without gift-wrapping.
The San Francisco Food Bank expects to distribute food to over 225,000 people in need during the holidays. Their goal is to raise 200,000 pounds of food -- enough to provide food for more than 825,000 meals. The Food Bank supplies food to over 450 local non-profit organizations that serve thousands of families, seniors, children and individuals. Over 25,000 volunteers make this program work to get the most value from each donation and to get the food where it is needed most. This year, the 25th year of the Food Bank's service, over 45 million pounds of food will be served. Food items should be non-perishable. Most-needed foods are tuna and canned meats, cereal, peanut butter, beans, rice, pasta, soups and stews, 100 percent fruit juices, and canned fruits and vegetables. While shopping during the next month, buy an extra can of food.
"When you donate toys and food to those in need, you ignite a spark of hope and a bit of encouragement during this season of giving," remarked Randall Kostick, Chief Operating Officer for Zephyr. "What better way can we give back to our community than by sharing some of our abundance."
About Zephyr Real Estate
Founded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco's largest independent real estate firm with $1 billion in gross annual sales and a current roster of more than 200 full-time agents. In 2010, Zephyr launched its new website, which has earned three web design awards, including the prestigious WebAward for Outstanding Website from the Web Marketing Association. Zephyr Real Estate is a member of the international relocation network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; the luxury real estate network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate; and the local luxury marketing association, the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco. Zephyr has six strategically located offices in San Francisco, a business center in Marin County, and serves a large customer base throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.zephyrsf.com.