Lefty O'Doul Collects 15,000 Toys for SF Kids

A San Francisco restaurant has collected 15,000 toys in the last two days, and managed to distribute nearly all of them to the city's neediest children in the same time frame.

This is the 14th year that Lefty O'Doul's has sponsored the Christmas toy drive.

It began at 5 a.m. Wednesday with a goal of only collecting 10,000 toys.

According to restaurant spokesman Lee Houskeeper, the Union Square restaurant distributed 9,000 of the toys yesterday.

This afternoon, another 3,000 toys were distributed at the Ella Hill Hutch Center in the city's Fillmore District today, Houskeeper said.

O'Douls then transferred an additional 3,000 toys to the city's fire department for distribution, Houskeeper said.

The event's success this year will ensure the tradition continues in 2015, Houskeeper said.

"I want to help other kids who don't have toys," 7-year-old Victoria told NBC Bay Area.

She was just one of the many people trying to help and solicit donations for needy children.

"We have never seen it so bad," said Lefty O'Doul's owner Nick Bovis. Bovis is asking shoppers and caring residents to drop off a toy and make this year's drive the most successful of all.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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