Before the kids get too involved with their holiday wish lists, help them remember that this is the season of giving, and that there are children in Los Angeles who may not receive many gifts without our donations. In fact, the Holiday Toy Drive was invented here in Los Angeles in 1947 by Toys for Tots.
Here are suggestions for ways to help make this holiday season a little brighter for children in LA. A new toy is a simple thing to donate and can bring so much joy to a child on Christmas morning. Consider these Holiday Toy Drives in Los Angeles.
Each year, since 1947 the “Marine Toys for Tots Program has been delivering a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters.” This special program provides holiday 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 by distributing toys and gift cards during the holiday season. You can make a donation (monetary or gift) at your local Dollar Tree store. Also, check the website for more information if your business wishes to set up a collection bin.
Spark of Love Toy Drive
Each year, southern California firefighters and ABC 7 have joined forces to make the holiday season a happier one for less fortunate children in our communities. Families can donate new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment. Donations can be made at your local fire station.
5830 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
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 necessities such as wipes and diapers, as well as 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 drop off your donations.
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.
12th Annual Babes in Toyland Christmas Toy Drive
1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The 12th Annual ‘Babes in Toyland – Christmas Toy Drive’ will take place in the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. Since 2008, the Babes in Toyland – Christmas Toy Drive has been “one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood during the Holiday season.” This special event benefits The Midnight Mission.
CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive
100 Citadel Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90040
Families can participate in the California Highway Patrol’s CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive this holiday season from Saturday, November 30th through Sunday, December 22nd, 2019. Donate a new, unwrapped gift (or gift card) to be given to a less fortunate child or teen in the community. Every donor will receive a special thank-you gift from Citadel Outlets (while supplies last).
Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick-Up
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City Children’s Museum is collecting new toys now through December 23rd. On Friday, December 13th from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, families can watch a “fleet of Harleys, including Santa, pick up new toys” from the museum’s toy drive. All collected toys will be taken to CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County). You can check the website for a CHOC’s wish list for toy ideas.
Holiday Toy Drive
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)
401 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello, CA 90640
MAOF’S Holiday Toy Drive is going on now through Friday, December 6th. Families are asked to donate an educational item designed for a child ages infant to 5 years old. Suggestions include blocks, board games, puzzles, and learning materials.
32nd Annual L.A. Toy Run
Harley-Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204
Join in and help make the 32nd Annual L.A. Toy Run a success! Donate a new, unwrapped toy to Harley-Davidson of Glendale. And then, on Sunday, December 15th at 9:00 am the toy barrels will be picked up. Toys benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
2019 Christmas Toy Drive
Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Station
3353 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
The LAPD’s Northeast Station needs our help with its 2019 Christmas Toy Drive. Last year, it distributed almost 700 toys. This year’s goal is to give away 1000 toys to children in the community. Families may drop off a new, unwrapped toy (for children ages 3-12) or make a monetary donation here.
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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