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For as chaotic as the holiday season has become, it is still a time to give back to those less fortunate, especially young children.

Toy drives are a year-around affair--and how awesome is that?!--but they are still widely recognized as a holiday-themed happening. Naturally, most toy drives pop up around Christmas and Chanukah, when the most toys are to be had. And San Francisco proper is no stranger to all fundraisers and benefits that can bring toys to the little tikes out there.

Of course, there is many a location in and around the Castro for you to donate a toy or two--or three, it's really up to you. If you think about it, the concept of the toy drive is very "small business friendly" and the Castro really does love its small businesses/events/etc that give back to the community and its children.

Here are just a few drives that you can take part in.

--San Francisco Fire Fighters have a plethora of toy drives running through its many stations that carry throughout the holiday months, in addition to many special events including dances and pancake breakfasts. Pay a visit to Station 7 on Folsom and drop off an action figure or two, won't you?

--While we're discussing the Folsom area, BeatBox will be hosting the first ever. "BELIEVE: SF Gay Nightlife Gives Back." Saturday night's fete, being held in SoMa, is actually a collective effort of several Castro and Folsom clubs. The "industry" happening will include appearances by community-famous DJs and bartenders, as well as a silent auction. Funds and proceeds will benefit The Marines Toys for Tots Foundation.

--On Sunday, December 7, charity champions the Trailer Trash Gurlz will invade Edge to collect toys and raise money for Camp Sunburst. The Sunday Funday will take place 4pm-7pm and feature a raffle, as well as a long list of fabulous performers. Of course there will also be booze, $10 beer bust as well as specialty jello shots.

Looking for something a little more low-key? Check out your local Castro grocery or toy store. Most businesses have bins set aside for toy donations.