Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bad Economic Times Mean More Toys For Kids

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

click to enlarge Bad times, good times - VIA FLICKR BY WALTI
  • via flickr by Walti
  • Bad times, good times
It might seem counterintuitive, but when times are tough, money is tight and jobs are scarce, people seem to be more in the giving mood.

That was evidenced by the San Francisco Fire Fighters Christmas Eve Toy Drive, where organizers collected more than 9,000 toys in less than 24 hours, breaking last year's record.

In fact, it's the most toys firefighters have ever collected in the 9th annual Christmas Eve Toy Drive.

Between 4 a.m on Christmas Eve and 2 a.m. on Christmas Day, donors stopped by the toy drive camp located in the heart of Union Square, dropping off toys that were then distributed to thousands of San Francisco kids in need.

So what's with the giving spirit, when people really don't have as much to give?

"I think people really come through when times are tighter," says Lee Houskeeper, who co-organized the drive. "People are less generous in good times."

Perhaps that is because with the downtrodden economy more people are starting to get a first-hand glimpse at what it is like to go without basic things, like food.

  • Pin It

Tags: , ,

About The Author

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"