Frequently Asked Questions

Why a Toys for Tots website?
How do I find my local Toys for Tots campaign?
What ages are supported by Toys for Tots?
Is there a list of toys available to guide me with my donation?
Pre-teen/teens are groups for which shopping is especially difficult. Do you have any ideas?
Are there toys/gifts that are not accepted/distributed?
I signed up for assistance/to be a collection site but have not heard anything. What should I do?
Where can I drop off a toy?
How can I obtain toys for my children or for someone else?
How can I become a Toys for Tots volunteer?
How can my business become a Toy Drop Off Location?
I am writing a paper/making a speech about Toys for Tots. Where can I obtain information?
My business is a toy drop off location. I need to have the toys we have collected picked up.
How can I make a cash donation to Toys for Tots?
How can my corporation become a National Corporate Sponsor of Toys for Tots?

 

 
Q: Why a Toys for Tots website?

Toys for Tots created a national website to provide information, education, and an opportunity to donate to Toys for Tots to the American public.  Support of our program via the website has increased every year!  We are grateful to our generous donors for their continuous and loyal support.

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Q: How do I find my local Toys for Tots campaign?

The national website is the starting point to find one of our over 700 Toys for Tots campaign sites.  At the top of the Home Page (www.toysfortots.org), there is a dropdown menu labeled “Select a State”.  From this menu, one may select the state, then the city/county in which they reside.  If the city/county is covered, clicking on that location will take the surfer to a local Toys for Tots website.  At the local website, each visitor may find information about local events, how to become a collection point for the local campaign, how to register for assistance, and how to donate directly to a local campaign.

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Q: What ages are supported by Toys for Tots?

Most campaign sites are able to assist children up to age 12, but in many local communities, local support is such that the age limit may be extended to 14-16.

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Q: Is there a list of toys available to guide me with my donation?

Toys for Tots does not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate.  If such a list were created, most would follow it, resulting in a limited selection of items to distribute in each community.  We would rather our donors consider what might be an appropriate gift for their own child/relative, purchase the item, and donate to Toys for Tots.

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Q: Pre-teen/teens are groups for which shopping is especially difficult.  Do you have any ideas?

The Foundation does purchase supplemental toys/gifts for our campaign sites and focuses on these age groups.  In the past, items purchased for these groups have included, but are not limited to:  sporting equipment/bags/balls; books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.

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Q: Are there toys/gifts that are not accepted/distributed?

Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food.  If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.

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Q: I signed up for assistance/to be a collection site but have not heard anything.  What should I do?

You must contact the local Toys for Tots representative about such particulars.  Contacting the national Foundation can increase the time it takes for such a message to reach the appropriate person.  The Foundation is located in Virginia and is limited to either e-mailing or calling the local contact to inform them of any requests that may have been overlooked.

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Q: Where can I drop off a toy?

Proceed through the following four (4) step process to determine the toy drop off location nearest to you.

  1. Click the "Toy Drop-Offs" button at the top of the page
  2. Select your state
    - City or County search options will appear
  3. Select the city or county nearest your location
    - Contact by phone, FAX, email (Recommend you use email. Click the hypertext email address. An email form will appear)
  4. Fill out the form by providing your name, phone number and address. Ask for the location of the toy drop off point nearest you. The Coordinator will contact you and provide the requested information.

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Q: How can I obtain toys for my children or for someone else?

Proceed through the following four (4) step process and determine the procedure.

  1. Click the “Request Toys” button at the top of the page
  2. Select your state
    - City or County search options will appear
  3. Select the city or county nearest your location
    - Contact by phone, FAX, email (Recommend you use email. Click the hypertext email address. An email form will appear)
  4. Fill out the form by providing your name, phone number and address. Provide the ages and gender of your children and request that Christmas toys be provided for them.
    The Coordinator will contact you.

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Q: How can I become a Toys for Tots volunteer?

Proceed through the following three (3) step process and determine the procedure.

  1. Click the “Toy Drop-Offs” button at the top of the page
  2. Select your state
    - City or County search options will appear
  3. Select the city or county nearest your location
    - Contact by phone, FAX, email (Recommend you use email. Click the hypertext email address. An email form will appear)

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Q: How can my business become a Toy Drop Off Location?

Proceed through the following four (4) step process and determine the procedure.

  1. Click the “Toy Drop-Offs” button at the top of the page
  2. Select your state
    - City and County search options will appear
  3. Select the city or county nearest your location
    - Contact by phone, FAX, email (Recommend you use email. Click the hypertext email address. An email form will appear)
  4. Fill out the form by providing your name, phone number and address plus a description of your business. State that you want to volunteer to be a toy drop off location. Send to coordinator.
    The Coordinator will contact you.

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Q: I am writing a paper/preparing a speech about Toys for Tots. Where can I obtain information?

Proceed through the following two (2) step process and determine the procedure.

  1. Click on  “About Toys for Tots” button at the top of the page
  2. This page provides the index for an array of information about Toys for Tots.

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Q: My business is a toy drop off location. I need to have the toys we have collected picked up.

Proceed through the following four (4) step process.

  1. Go to “Toy Drop-offs”
  2. Select you state
    - City and County search options will appear
  3. Select the city or county nearest your location
    - Contact by phone, FAX, email ((Recommend you use email. Click the hypertext email address. An email form will appear)
  4. Fill out the form by providing your name, phone number and address. Explain that the drop off box at your business is full and request that the donated toys be picked up on/no later than (insert date(s)). Send message to coordinator.
    The Coordinator will contact you.

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Q: How can I make a cash donation to Toys for Tots?

To donate by credit card, proceed through the following two (2) step process.

  1. Go to "Donate Online
  2. Follow instructions

To donate by check, accomplish the following:

Mail your check to:

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
18251 Quantico Gateway Drive
Triangle, VA  22172

Make check payable to: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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Q: How can my corporation become a National Corporate Sponsor of Toys for Tots?

Proceed through the following five (5) steps:

  1. Go to “Corporate Partners” on our homepage.
  2. Click “What I need to know”
  3. Read information provided.
  4. Click on Major William J. Grein hypertext, and an e-mail box will appear
  5. Fill out email message by providing your name, phone number, FAX number and mailing address. Bill will contact you as soon as possible.
  6. You can also call Bill Grein at the number indicated on that page.

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