Save Operation Dream Toy Drive!

$13,118 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 103 people in 57 months
Operation Dream:

In December of 1994, a San Francisco community center was burglarized by drug addicts and over 300 toys were stolen, threatening to ruin the Holiday joy for many impoverished children and their families. Upon hearing about this incident, a group of concerned police officers who were born and raised in San Francisco and were nurtured by neighborhood youth centers decided to make a difference and help these kids.

They made contact with Redwood City's fire department who donated over 1,500 toys to these officers to restore the Holiday cheer to that community. Not only were they able to replace what that community center lost, they provided an additional 1200 toys  to other children across the city and collected food to feed those families in need.

From this single incident these Officers decided to form a non-profit organization and dedicate their lives to improving the overall quality of life for impoverished children in those areas effected by crime, hunger and poverty.

The name of this Non-profit is Operation DREAM (which stands for Diverse Response to Education Activities and Mentorship) and for 20 years has sought to encourage and give our youth the opportunities to excel in the realm of education, employment, and reward these children with activities outside of their environment.

Through the efforts of these officers they were able to reduce crime when arrests could not and built an aura of trust between communities and the officers patrolling there.

Our Toy Drive donors helped DREAM grow so that we were able to provide 20,000 toys annually to children throughout the city. 

We want to thank the San Francisco 49ers for their 20 years of being a major supporter of the our toy drive to support youth in underserved communities of San Francisco.  The San Francisco 49ers graciously allowed Operation DREAM to solicit monetary donations and toys from their fans at Candlestick Park.    The San Francisco 49ers continue to support the program as a good community partner. But we still need help.

 The support of the public to this cause would be greatly appreciated. Due to economics, every year more children go without toys and gifts for the Holidays.  We need your financial assistance which will enable us to provide over 20,000, toys and gifts to families in need throughout San Francisco.   It is through your generous donations and caring that we are able to spread Holiday cheer. 
The San Francisco Police Department’s Operation D.R.E.A.M. is looking for financial support with their annual Toy Drive.  Over the years, our organization, Operation D.R.E.A.M, has offered many families special Holiday moments of cheer and the Joyous spirit of giving during the Holiday Season.  The Holiday cheer will not happen this year  for these families without your support.  Operation D.R.E.A.M will need $20,000.00 for this year’s annual Toy Drive.

Operation Dream is a Non Profit Organizaton under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Your donation may be deductible.  Our Tax Id# 94-3220436

Again, Thanks so much
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On behalf of Operation Dream, we would like to thank everyone for their continued and ongoing support for the 2015 year.

Faced with many challenges, we overcame them all with the support of SFPD, SFFD, the Mayor's Office, Donors from various parts of San Francisco, and many Community based organizations such as APRI (A. Philip Randolf Institute,) SFPOA, LPOA, SF Foundation, Old Navy, Green Toys, Inc., Fisherman;s Wharf Rotary Club, SF Department of Telecommunications, DePaul Senior Group and many others.

Thanks so much!!!
Attached below are photos of some of the venues visited by Operation Dream during our campaign which represents a small sampling of the total sites.

Thank you all!!!

12/21/2015 1100hrs - Sunnydale Development – 1 Santos St

12/21/2015 1400hrs - Bernal Dwellings, 3138 Kamille Ct.

12/22/2015 1000hrs – Hunters Point A-West, 1065 Oakdale

12/22/2015 1100hrs – Hunters Point A-East, 90 Kiska

12/23/2015 1000hrs - Westside Court 2501 Sutter St

12/23/2015 1100hrs – Robert B. Pitts – 1150 Scott St

12/23/2015 1500hrs – YerbaBuenaPlaza East – 1300 Buchanan
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Greetings Donors,

Last year we raised approximately $11918 through GoFundme. Rather than create a new campaign, we are using the same from last year. Therefore the total raised thus far for this year is $100

After completing our Taxes, I am happy to report the following disbursements. All donations are explicitly set aside for toys. This also includes reimbursements to others that purchased toys for our event. I hope you find this information useful.

Misc Biz 17,112 (Toy Purchases)
Business Donations 880 (To other Non Profits)
Supplies and Materials 4,000
Reimbursements Business Expense 2,594

We hope that you can assist us again this year (2015), by keeping the hope alive.
Christmas will be here soon.

All the best,
Sgt/Insp. Glenn Sylvester (SFPD retired)
Treasurer- Operation Dream
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Thank you all for your donations in 2014. Operation Dream will be starting earlier this year in preparation for our 2015 Toy Fundraiser
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The past two (2) weeks have been busy!!!
The verdict???? SFPD Operation Dream has been successful!!
All of this could not have been done without your support in this campaign.

We wish to thank everyone for your kindness and generosity.

For your records, Operation Dream is a Non Profit Organization under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code. Your donation may be deductible. Our Tax ID # 94-3220436

Enclosed you will find links to a few photos taken at some of our many events.

Thank you!!!
Glenn Sylvester
Sgt/Insp. San Francisco Police (retired)
Treasurer - Operation Dream

Links to Photos:

12/13/2014 Herz Holiday Kickoff Event

12/15/2014 CMAC Event

12/20/2014 Hunters View

12/20/2014 Kiska Road

12/20/2014 Sunnydale

12/22/2014 Alemany Event 1000hrs

12/22/2014 Holly Circle Event 1100hrs

12/22/2014 Alice Griffith Event 1300hrs
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Annel Aguayo
56 months ago

You should create a #GivingTuesday online campaign for this toy drive. Will make a huge difference in your fundraising.

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Raised by 103 people in 57 months
Created November 12, 2014
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Annel Aguayo
56 months ago

You should create a #GivingTuesday online campaign for this toy drive. Will make a huge difference in your fundraising.

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