Organizing a Christmas toy drive is easy and fun. Working with other members of your community, you can help bring holiday cheer to children whose families are not able to afford gifts this Christmas season. Here are a few suggestions to help your Christmas toy drive go smoothly.
Pick your Dates in Advance
Plan your holiday toy drive early. Make sure to leave enough time after the deadline for stragglers to bring their presents in. Choose five days that will work for your volunteers and are close enough to Christmas so people will be in the spirit of giving, but far enough away that people will not be feeling the financial stress of the holiday. A month or so before Christmas is a good time to have a successful holiday toy drive.
Get the Word Out
Tell as many people as you can about your toy drive as soon as possible. You'll want to create a "buzz," meaning when you tell someone, they'll tell someone, etc. The earlier you publicize your event, the more people you will reach. If your advertising budget is small, check with local nonprofits to help you get the word out. Schools, churches and other community organizations will most likely be willing to help spread the message about your Christmas toy drive, so be sure to let these entities know about your project.
Be sure to print up plenty of promotional fliers and postcards to let people know about your event. Check out printing websites to get limited free samples of printed postcards, magnets and other promotional items that will help you bring people to your toy drive. Be sure to list the time, date and location of your Christmas toy drive on any printed promotional items. Also, it's a good idea to include a phone number where people who wish to volunteer to help out can get in touch with someone in your organization.
Recruit plenty of volunteers to help you collect the toys that are dropped off. Be sure to have a way to transport them to the families in need. If you plan to wrap the gifts before delivering them, make sure you have paper, scissors, bows, tape and wrappers to help out.