How to Donate Toys for Children in Need

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Celebrate the tradition of giving this holiday season by buying a toy for a child in need. You and the recipient will both experience great pleasure from this generous gesture.

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Things you need

  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Ball Game Tickets
  • Chidren's Toys
  • Children's Puzzles
  • Infant/toddler Toys

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    Find a toy drive being held in your area, such as Toys for Tots or Toys Not Tears. Also check with civic groups in your area to see if they are collecting toys for local kids.

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    Look online to find the nearest collection box for toys.

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    Check your local newspaper, listen to the radio or watch for announcements on television that give gift-giving guidelines and locations.

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    Donate gifts online at shopping sites, such as eToys, that make donating toys quick and convenient.

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    Ask the agency collecting toys if it prefer its donations unwrapped so workers can see the items and match them to children who will enjoy them.

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    If the agency prefers it, wrap the gift in colorful paper and attach a card stating the sex and age for which the toy is appropriate.

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    Look for a giving tree in your community. These trees have cards that list children's wishes. These can often be found at banks, restaurants, universities, YMCAs and various local businesses.

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    Select a wish from the tree that you would like to fulfill.

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    Select toys that do not need batteries or additional parts that a child's family may not be able to provide.

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    Engage your children in selecting gifts for other kids. This is a valuable way to teach them the importance of giving.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to providing toys, you might also donate tickets to a sporting event or special activity, provided the child will be able to get there with a chaperone.
  • Consider providing toys and books appropriate for older kids and teens, since they are often overlooked.
  • If there is no drop-off point for toys in your area, work with a local organization or school to start one.

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