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7 Great Places to Donate New Toys & Gifts

Tampa Bay Parenting Toys for Tots at Toys R Us
Tampa Bay Parenting cover kid, Peyton, donates to Toys for Tots at Toys R Us in Brandon.

Gifts from the Heart: Great Places to Donate New Toys & Gifts in Tampa Bay

There are numerous charitable organizations in Tampa Bay working tirelessly to ensure every child feels extra special on Christmas morning. But, these organizations cannot do what they do without your support and donations. We are often asked where families can donate to help local children during the holidays, so we put together this list to get you and your family started on the tradition of giving back!

If it isn’t feasible to give a new gift, consider asking your child to go through their toys and select a few they no longer play with to give to organizations like Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches, preschools, and more! After all, this is a great time of year to make room for all of the new gifts. Happy giving, Tampa Bay!



Metropolitan Ministries:  met_hope-is-here-blue-blackMore than 18,000 families will be assisted by Metropolitan Ministries anticipates helping more than 18,000 families this holiday season, and the agency’s Holiday Tent is a great place to drop off new gifts so your kids can see volunteers in action. It is located near downtown Tampa at 905 North Governor St. with additional drop-off locations in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The most needed items include food and toys for infants and teens. Learn more about other ways to donate and find drop-off locations convenient to you:

Ronald McDonald House TampaRonald McDonald House Charities:  Help bring joy to families and patients during their stay at the hospital. Some of the most needed items on this year’s Holiday Wish List include new toys and books for newborns to teens (especially for boys), gift cards and pantry items like packaged snacks and dry paper goods. Drop-off locations: Tampa: 35 Columbia Drive and St. Petersburg: 401 7th Ave S. To learn more and see the complete list, visit:


St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: St Joseph's Children's HospitalThe wish list includes items for children of all ages from infants to teens including teethers and rattles, Duplo blocks, Play-Doh, Matchbox cars, light up toys and educational games. You can drop off new items at the Information Desk in the lobby of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital located at 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from 7a.m.-7p.m. Find the complete wish list here:


Champions for Children:  The Holiday Store opens for three days to allow families to “shop” for gifts for their children up to age 12. This year’s wish list includes educational toys and games, crib toys, arts and crafts sets, bath toys, sports equipment, action figures, remote control cars, culturally diverse dolls, girls’ accessories, children’s DVDs and more. You may deliver the new and unwrapped gifts until Dec. 9 at Champions for Children at 3108 W Azeele St. in Tampa. Learn more:


Metropolitan Ministries TampaToys for Tots: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve is collecting new and unwrapped toys for needy children of all ages in our community. There are more than 100 drop-off locations in Hillsborough County which includes most Publix and Toys R Us stores. To find a drop-off location near you, visit 



Johns Hopkins All Children's HospitalJohns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital:                                                                                                             New and unused toys and gifts will support the annual Wonderland Shop for patients and families which provides a free shopping experience to help families celebrate the holiday season in the manner that best meets their needs. Items needed include bubbles, dolls, action figures, themed toys (like Paw Patrol and Frozen), art supplies, clothing, Legos, infant and baby toys, items for teens. You may bring the new and unwrapped gifts by December 19 to All Children’s Hospital located at 501 6th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. For more information, call the Child Life Department at  727-767-4323 . Check out the wish lists on Amazon: NICU NOOKBABY BUNDLESKIDS CORNERTEEN SCENE

Hope Children's HomeHope Children’s Home: 
Hope Children’s Home is accepting gift cards from general stores like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods and clothing stores like JC Penney, Old Navy, Dillard’s and more. Gift cards from Publix, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and other similar food stores are also appreciated. You can even find the wish lists on (First name: Hope, Last Name: Children) and Amazon Prime (search Hope Children’s Home). Drop-off locations: Tampa 702 E Fowler Ave. or 11415 Hope International Drive. Clearwater: 2881 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.


Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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