For many of the kids we serve, the holidays are difficult. Some children may be separated from their parents, others from their siblings. At least 90% come from families living below the federal poverty level. All have experienced significant trauma that taints the warm holiday season.
We invite you to make the holidays brighter for these boys and girls.
Join our Holiday Toy Drive! We offer many ways to participate. Please read each volunteer opportunity carefully, as some changes have been made this year.
Coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child’s school, or at your church, synagogue or mosque. We will send you the names and ages of children – you tell us how many – on adhesive labels that can be distributed to your donors. We suggest a minimum of 10 children. When you’re done, deliver the toys to us or for larger loads, we can arrange to pick them up.
Buy gifts for our children (Birth to 21). We especially need gifts for teenagers. Gift cards are an easy way to give to this age group and our teens love them! Ideas: American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Five Below, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Target,Urban Outfitters, movie theaters, restaurants, etc. Click HERE for gift ideas for all ages.
Amazon Wish List – Click HERE for a curated list of gifts that we know our clients will love!
Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (TBD) to help sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day.
Help deliver toys on December 16th – Delivery Day. To protect the safety and well-being of the children we serve, we require all Toy Drive Drivers to complete a background check. If you have completed a background check in the past year, please send a copy of your clearance to Cate Galbally or fax to 267-546-9201, attention Toy Drive Clearance. Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and 2014 – 2016 Toy Drive Drivers do not have to undergo another background check but will need to contact Cate Galbally to register. If you need to complete a background check, please click HERE to begin the process.
Sponsor a needy family or teen on a larger scale. Many of our clients’ families are impoverished with large sibling groups or special needs children, and may require more than toys.
Sorters, Donors and Toy Drive Coordinators, click HERE to fill out our volunteer interest form.
**Things to remember: The deadline to deliver toys to our Toy Drive headquarters is Thursday, December 14th, 2017. Please do not wrap gifts, give candy, or weapon-themed toys.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-546-9216.