San Francisco police and the 49ers are teaming up with Operation Dream at this Sunday's home game to collect toys and donations for children hoping for some gifts this holiday season.
At the 1:05 p.m. football game against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park, volunteers from Operation Dream, a nonprofit that is working locally with the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Police Officers Association, San Francisco Housing Authority and 49ers organization, will collect items from football fans at the annual toy drive, San Francisco police Officer Raphael Rockwell said.
The officer said he helps the local efforts of Operation Dream organize the toy collection, purchasing and distribution.
Toys collected at the game -- and cash donations that will go toward toy purchases -- will be delivered to children throughout the city, Rockwell said. Last year, more than 20,000 toys collected in San Francisco throughout the holiday season were given away to children, he said. On Sunday, Operation Dream volunteers will be collecting new, unwrapped toys, excluding any toy guns or weapons at the gates of the stadium.
Other volunteers will have buckets at the stadium parking lot near the entrance to accept cash donations.