Gone are the days of kids pining away for a blonde Barbie. The San Francisco Fire Foundation is collecting ethnic dolls to give away to ethnic children in need this holiday season.
So if you have the time and money you might as well put it to good use and show your face at Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant tonight, where the Dolls of Ethnicity Drive is being held.
If you show up with a doll, your entrance fee will be $15, and if you come without a doll in hand then you'll be paying $25 for the charity event. In return, you'll get to hang out with newly elected Supervisors London Breed, see Santa, and play games.
All dolls will be donated to the African American Art and Culture Complex's holiday party, which some 500 children will attend. The Toy Drive is also collecting dolls for the 40,000 families it serves every year. The dolls will go to homeless kids and children in cancer wards, according to Jill Peeler, organizer for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program.
The event, located at 225 11th St., starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information go to SF Firefighters Toys or call 777-0440.
"DONATIONS ARE DOWN BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY. PLEASE COME. WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!!" Peeler wrote in an e-mail.