Holiday Toy Drives in Los Angeles 2018
Before the kids get too involved with their holiday wish lists, help them remember that this is the season of giving. Here are suggestions for ways to get involved, give back, and help make this holiday season a little brighter for others.
Each year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program provides gifts to less fortunate children throughout our country. Families can participate by donating money and/or gifts (new, unwrapped toys). The website has information regarding communities being served and where you can find drop-off locations.
Operation Homefront strives to make the holidays more joyful for the children of our military families. Toys and gift cards will be distributed to junior enlisted military families. You can make a donation (monetary or gift) at your local Dollar Tree store from now until December 8th, 2018. Also, check the website for more information if your business wishes to set up a collection bin.
Happening now to December 24th, 2018, ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment as part of their 25th annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. Drop gifts off at at any local fire station from Los Angeles to San Bernardino.
This organization works year-round to provide low-income children (infants to age 12) with basic items that all children should grow up having, and accepts donations year-round. Baby2Baby is always happy to receive wipes, diapers, clothes, toys, and books (both new and gently used). (Check their website to find a complete list of items they accept and locations where you can make a donation – including many Whole Foods Markets).
The Holidays from the Heart program aims to make the holidays a little happier for chronically ill children and their families. There are a number of ways to help, including sponsoring a family, as well as providing bulk gift items (clothing, diapers), making a monetary donation, or serving as a volunteer (shopping for gifts, distributing gifts). Check the website for more details on how to help.
The 11th Annual ‘Babes in Toyland – Charity Toy Drive’ will take place in the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Since 2008, the Babes in Toyland – Charity Toy Drive has been one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood during the Holiday season. Over the last two years, Babes in Toyland donated over $100,000 in toys to the Midnight Mission.
Help Through Holiday Giving – YMCA of Greater Long Beach Toy Drive
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703
From November 10 through December 14, 2018, The Los Cerritos Center is collecting new and unused toys and sports equipment to help support the YMCA of Greater Long Beach’s Toy Giveaway. New Toys, games, and sports equipment will be collected at Santa HQ.
Holiday Toy Drive With A Place Called Home
Westfield Century City Mall
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Give back this holiday season to a child in need by donating an unused and unwrapped toy donation to non-proft organization A Place Called Home in partnership with iHeartRadio. Donations will be accepted and collected at the Westfield Concierge Desk (Level 1 near Macy’s) on Tuesday, November 20th, Wednesday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 27th from 10 AM to 9 PM.
Your child’s school and/or class
Bring home the idea and the spirit of giving, by helping to arrange a toy drive at your child’s school. (If you’d prefer to start smaller, organize one for your child’s classroom). Work out the details with your child’s teacher (monetary limit for donations, when donations need to be brought in, perhaps a class incentive for 100% participation), and then donate those toys to an organization of your choice.
Did we miss any toy drives in your area? Please let us know in the comments.
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