South Bay Neighborhood Associations host toy drive for kids – NBC Bay Area
A South Bay community decimated by COVID-19 wants to make sure the pandemic doesn’t ruin Christmas this year, but to do so it needs the public’s help.
The Mayfair community of San Jose is home to the largest number of COVID-19 cases in the South Bay.
“It’s still zero point at the moment,” said Danny Garza, president of the Plata Arroyo Neighborhood Association. “We have the fewest people vaccinated anywhere.”
The community fears the battle with COVID-19 could mean a second year without a real Christmas for many families in the neighborhood.
Isabel, a relative, said Christmas gifts will be difficult again this year as the pandemic has cut many jobs.
âLast year children were deceived at Christmas because COVID did not allow neighborhoods to meet the needs of our children,â Garza said. âWe couldn’t organize giveaways. “
Three neighborhood associations – Cassell, Mayfair and Plata Arroyo – have teamed up to try to collect 300 to 400 toys for local children.
They’ve been working on it for over a week, but on Tuesday morning the collection box only contained 12 toys.
âIt’s really disappointing. It’s heartbreaking,â said Guadalupe Gonzalez, president of the Mayfair Neighborhood Association. “Our community is not responding to give back.”
If you would like to donate, you can drop off a new toy or donate to the Mayfair Community Center, located at 2039 Kammerer Ave., between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through December. 18.
âOur children are suffering so much. It will just be a big step in a positive direction for this community,â Garza said.