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San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church is gearing up for its big holiday toy giveaway on Saturday but the toys aren't ready to go under the Christmas tree just yet.
Wednesday night dozens of volunteers were hard at work sorting thousands of donated toys.
"Just trying to make sure that everyone goes home with something right for their little one," said first time volunteer Kyle Kaufman.
The San Francisco father said he was compelled to volunteer after the birth of his daughter.
"My wife and I have donated to Glide for six or seven years. We've got a little girl of our own now and we see how important Christmas is and it just didn't feel like enough to write a check once a year."
The volunteers wasted no time, placing every stuffed animal and game in a bag marked for a child of a specific age.
"When I first started I said this just makes me feel so sad," said another first time volunteer Deborah Gustafson. "You know, just looking at the bags."
Gustafson drove from Santa Rosa to volunteer.
"They have no idea what's going on. They just know everybody gets presents and they don't," she said.
Glide collected and distributed more than 8,000 toys last year and hopes to hand out more this year.
"It's very, very emotional to see these little children," said 17 year volunteer coordinator Laurie Ferreira. "They just light up. I mean they just light up."
More of the toy collection bins that are scattered across San Francisco will be brought to the sorting site on Thursday and a new group of volunteers will get to work.
"You get to play Santa and that’s just fantastic," said Kaufman.Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:42:33 -0800
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today approved $16.7 million needed to extend the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit's rail service to the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa.
The SMART's board of directors also approved the addition of a new passenger station about a half-mile from the airport.
SMART also plans to build an Operations and Maintenance Facility near the airport.
Earlier this year the Commission allocated $750,000 to design track improvements to the Operations and Maintenance Facility.
The $16.7 million will pay for the track improvements to the airport and the passenger rail station.
The total cost of the project is $29.1 million.
Voters in Marin and Sonoma counties approved a quarter-cent sales tax measure in 2008 to help finance a 70-mile rail line and between Cloverdale and Larkspur.
SMART voted to first build the 39-mile Santa Rosa to San Rafael segment after less money became available during the recession. That segment could be ready by 2016, but SMART still hopes to build the entire line.
Mainline track construction is finished between Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa to downtown Petaluma, and construction south toward San Rafael will continue next year.
The money approved Wednesday will pay for track improvements between Guerneville Road and the airport area.
SMART is hopeful funding will be secured to extend the line from San Rafael to Larkspur.Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:30:32 -0800
The Guerneville home of a woman found dead Sunday afternoon had been visited by sheriff's deputies two days prior for a medical call who broke the trailer's window but did not enter assuming no one was home, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies were called to the home on Drake Road last Friday at 4:55 a.m. along with the fire department after receiving reports of a person who was having difficulty breathing, the sheriff's office said.
The deputies knocked on the door at 5:09 a.m. and checked the outside of the trailer. When they didn't receive a response, they broke a window and noticed the television was on and there was a phone on a bed.
However, when no one responded, they assumed no one was home so they left a note saying they had broken the window and to contact the sheriff's office about the damage and left, the sheriff's office said.
Sunday at about 1 p.m. the sheriff's office received a call that there was a dead woman at the same address. They spoke to the victim's daughter and neighbors who were upset that the deputies had left a note on the broken window but not gone inside to check on the woman, the sheriff's office said.
The Sonoma County coroner's office is investigating the death. The sheriff's office is conducting an internal affairs investigation to determine if proper procedures were followed when the deputies checked on the woman.Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:27:10 -0800 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories