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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 19.

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 Amazon Wish List of gifts that Child Advocates has created for their clients!

Volunteer at Toy Drive Headquarters

Help sort and bag toys at Toy Drive headquarters (1650 Arch Street, 18th floor) during the weeks preceding Delivery Day (from December 3–December 20). Submit a volunteer interest form to Mike Drzik at mdrzik@sccalaw.org.

Help deliver toys on Delivery Day: Saturday, December 21

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.


Last year, more than 6,000 toys were delivered to over 1,500 boys and girls. Visit sccalaw.org and contact Cate Galbally at cgalbally@sccalaw.org or 267-546-9216 for more information.


Photograph by Stacey Salter Moore courtesy of Support Center for Child Advocates.

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 10,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $5 million annually. www.sccalaw.org

  • Tye Dash December 20, 2019

    What day and time will the toy dri v e begin?