Food and toy drive at the zoo

November 5, 2012 by  

Visitors to the Sacramento Zoo will receive $1 off their admission when they bring a new unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item now through December 24, 2012.

The toy donations will go to Toys for Tots while the food donations will benefit the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. In 2009, 34,371 toys were collected for needy families in Sacramento along with 4,295 pounds of food given to the food bank. The food bank provides services to approximately 20,000 children, men, and women each year.

Other services provided by the food bank include literacy education, parenting skills, providing clothing and food for the poor, housing programs, and high tech classes for youth. Classes are geared towards helping clients become self-sufficient and financially independent.

Volunteers are always welcome and especially appreciated during the holiday season, when demand for services is often higher.

The zoo opened in 1927 and houses more than 140 different native, endangered, and rare species. Families will enjoy seeing giraffes, tigers, and snakes in the flesh. Zoos are often the only place many children will get to experience wild and exotic animals.

Normal admission to the zoo is $11.25 for adults, $10.50 for seniors, $7.25 for children ages 2-11, and children under age two are free. The zoo is open daily from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and is located on Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in Sacramento – just 11 minutes from West Sacramento.

For more information call (916) 808-5888. Print companies are often a great resource for developing pamphlets of information directed towards those in need.