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When you find a program that brings joy to children in need and allows those in jail to spend time doing good for others, you know it’s golden. That would describe the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project. This charity work truly brings the community together.


As the charitable arm of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, the Toy Project provides significant relief for families in less fortunate circumstances. Best of all, this is a year-round program supporting families and children in the Sacramento, California area. The Toy Project supports schools in a variety of ways and provides kids in need with bicycles, gifts, clothing and food during the holiday season.


This is one reason among many why we endorse the Toy Project car donation in supporting this great work.


How It Works

Families in need can apply for Christmas Assistance for their children that are 12 years and younger. Referrals for families in need also come through schools, social service agencies, Sheriff’s deputies, and other charitable organizations. To meet the criteria, they must not be receiving assistance already from another source for the holidays. Applicants much show that they reside within the designated area and meet the financial benchmark for their household.


Then through community outreach efforts, and the hours from participants spending their court ordered jail sentencing time, toys are made, computers get refurbished, furniture is built, and gifts are donated to benefit these families in need.


Services Offered

There are a variety of services provided by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project. Some of these services are to help other charitable organizations that serve children, and some are directly do families, children and schools.


1. Bike Refurbishing and Repair

Through a full service repair shop for bikes, the Toy Project takes donated bicycles and repairs and refurbishes them to give to families during the holiday season and at other times throughout the year.


2. Refurbishing Computers

Through the work of interns from ITT Technical Institute, the Toy Project takes donated computers and has them refurbished, upgraded and equipped with clean installs of operating systems and word programs. These computers are then given to schools that need them.


3. Wood Working

The Toy Project has a well-equipped wood shop that is utilized to build an array of things that is then given to other charities or fundraisers. Producing projects for the annual Santa Parade and the Make-A-Wish organization are also possible because of the work produced in this advantageous wood shop.


4. Embroidery, Garment Lasering and Printing

All the embroidered shirts for the Sheriff’s Department are produced by the Toy Project’s 4-head embroidery machine. Also shirts for other charities and even for the public are made here. Limited services using the garment laser and printer are also utilized.


How You Can Help

There are several ways you can help the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project in the vital work they do for children and families in crisis. Here is a quick list below.


  • Donate your old bike at any of the Metro Fire Stations in the Sacramento area.
  • Donate your qualifying old, used or broken electronics for recycling. They can be picked up by eWaste 4 Good.
  • Drop off new unwrapped toys Monday through Thursday 8am to 2pm at 10117 Mills Station Road, Suite C in Sacramento, CA 95827
  • Donate a car for kids through Donate-a-Car and the proceeds will go to help the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project in their important work.