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How to Organize a Toy Drive

Though you may lack the facial hair and weight problem, this guide will have you dishing out toys to good girls and boys just like old Saint Nick.


  • Step 1: Pick a charity Pick a worthy charity to receive the donated toys, such as Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Club of America or the YMCA.
  • Step 2: Focus on an age group Focus on a specific age group such as infants, kids under 10, or teens and set the parameters of the gifts which should be new and unwrapped.
  • Step 3: Advertise the toy drive Use social networks, the internet, and local businesses to help advertise. Use fliers and posters so that everyone knows when, where, and what to donate.
  • TIP: Ask businesses for prizes like discounts, coupons, or gift cards to encourage donations.
  • Step 4: Tackle transportation and collection Arrange for transportation and collection of toys from either a single drop-off point or several scattered around.
  • TIP: More drop-off points make it easier for people to donate.
  • Step 5: Set a goal Set a goal to encourage people to donate and work hard and push your volunteers to meet or exceed that target.
  • Step 6: Distribute toys Be active in the toy distribution as a reward for all your hard work. Don't forget to have a good time and thank everyone who helped.
  • FACT: Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, bakers, pawnbrokers, and children, was the progenitor of the modern-day Santa Claus.

You Will Need

  • Charity
  • Advertising
  • Transportation
  • Drop-off points
  • Goal
  • Volunteers
  • Distribution network
  • Prizes (optional)

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