My Philly Family Gives: The Support Center for Child Advocates’ Toy Drive
This holiday season, help "change the story" for Philly area kids by supporting the Child Advocates' Toy Drive.
The holidays are a great time to introduce kids to volunteering. This December, your family can join The Support Center for Child Advocates’ Holiday Toy Drive to collect and deliver presents to hundreds of abused and neglected children throughout the Philadelphia region. For more than 30 years, local businesses, law firms, and individuals have donated new toys and clothing to the children served by Child Advocates, as well as their families.
How You Can Help:
Coordinate a Toy Drive in your Neighborhood
To manage a Personalized Toy Drive, request personalized gift labels, each with the name, gender, and age of an individual child. Your friends and family choose one or more children to shop for, and then affix the label to the new toys. Alternatively, you can hold a General Toy Drive without labels for children ages birth to 21. These “unassigned” gifts help Child Advocates fill the bags for each child. All gifts should be new and without wrapping paper, and the deadline to bring toys to Toy Drive headquarters is Thursday, December 20.
Buy gifts for the children (Birth to 21)
They especially need gifts for teenagers. Gift cards are an easy way to give to this age group, and teens love them!
Amazon Wish List
See a curated list of gifts that Child Advocates has created for their clients! To ensure gifts are delivered on time, the Amazon Wish List closes on Friday, December 14.
Help sort and bag toys at Toy Drive headquarters (1500 Market Street) during the weeks preceding Delivery Day (from November 27–December 21). Submit a volunteer interest form online.
Help deliver toys on Delivery Day: Saturday, December 22
To protect the safety and well-being of the children Child Advocates serves, all Toy Drive Drivers are required to complete a background check in advance. Approved drivers can bring their kids along to deliver gifts!
Sponsor a needy family or teen on a larger scale.
Many of Child Advocates’ clients’ families are impoverished with large sibling groups or special needs children, and may require more than toys.
Photograph by Stacey Salter Moore courtesy of Support Center for Child Advocates.