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Click on these links for PDF copies of our 2016 Toy Drive Posters and Handouts

Click here to download a copy of the Toy Drive Poster

Click here to download 2016 Toy Drive Handouts

Click here to download a copy of the PNA Tax Donation Receipt

Click here to download a Toy List

WE NEED TOYS

Our 2016 events will require at least 10,000 toys.

There are several ways you can help:

  • You can purchase toys yourself.  Check your local stores for sales and clearance items.  Check stores that sell deeply discounted overstocked and/or discontinued inventory they’ve purchased from manufacturers or other merchants.
  • Make this a family Christmas project and have all of your family members each donate a present.
  • Organize a toy drive at your workplace.  Here are some examples:
    • For several years now, Cathy at Bushwacker Hair Salon has annually collected 250 toys from her customers.
    • Alex and Ron at two local Starbucks stores each collected over 100 toys for us.
    • A large valley call center used this as a team-building exercise by having a competitive toy drive where each work area competed to see who could collect the most toys.
  • Organize a toy drive at your church.
  • Organize a neighborhood toy drive.  We gave flyers to just thirty of our neighbors and collected over 200 toys.
  • Organize a toy drive at your children’s schools.  School toy drives usually collect 200 – 600 toys.
  • If you belong to a service organization, ask them to hold a toy drive.  For the past 24 years, such groups as Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis have partnered with us by providing us with toys and volunteers.
  • If you belong to a hobby club or special interest group, ask them to hold a toy drive.
  • Donations can also be made specifically for the purchase of toys.  We are able to purchase toys wholesale, so we can make your dollar go much further than if you buy retail, even if you get the items on sale.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

COST:  Each toy should cost between $5 and $10.  Extremely nice toys can be found in this price range by looking for sale specials and clearance items.

NO WEAPONS:  No guns, swords, knives, or other weapons.  All of the schools we serve have strict rules prohibiting children from bringing toy guns, knives, swords, or other weapons to school.

NO STUFFED ANIMALS:  Please don’t donate any stuffed animals.  Although they are cute, they are difficult for our homeless children to keep clean.

BATTERIES:  Please include batteries with battery-powered toys.  The best way to do this is to either enclose them inside the toy or tape them to the outside of the toy.

GIFTWRAP: Don’t wrap the toys.  The toy area is the “gift of choice.”  The children need to be able to see what the toys are so they can choose the toy they want.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN:  We serve pre-kindergarten through third grade students.  The children are usually between 5 and 10 years old although each year we typically do have a few 4 and 11 year olds attend.

 

SUGGESTED TOYS CHECKLIST 

BOYS

Action Figures & Accessories

  •    Power Rangers
  •    Sponge Bob Square Pants & Friends
  •    Yu-Gi-Oh
  •    Transformers
  •    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  •    Batman, Spiderman, Ironman, or other super heroes
  •    Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or other movie action figures
  •    Harry Potter

Toy Vehicles

  •    Hot Wheels Multiple-Car Sets
  •    Tonka trucks
  •    Thomas & Friends Trains

GIRLS

Dolls & Accessories

  •    Bratz-dolls
  •    Cabbage Patch Kids or similar dolls
  •    Barbie type dolls
  •    Dora the Explorer
  •    Hannah Montana
  •    Strawberry Shortcake
  •    My Little Pony
  •    Sponge Bob Square Pants & Friends
OTHER TOYS

Activity Set:

  •    Any toys manufactured by Rose Art (Michaels)
  •    My Overstuffed Life (JAKKS Pacific)
  •    Board games, any games
  •    Play-Doh Kits
  •    Art Sets (Rose Art has some nice sets available at Michaels)

Construction & Building

  •    Lego Sets
  •    Mega Bloks
  •    K’Nex

Radio-Controlled Toys

  •    Cars, Trucks, Animals, Dolls etc.

 Sports Equipment

  •    Soccer Balls
  •    Basketballs
  •    Kick Balls
  •    Footballs
  •    Baseballs