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December 1, 2019

12 Places to Donate New Toys in Tampa Bay this Holiday Season

By Laura Byrne, editor of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

The simple act of donating a new toy can help you and your kids make a difference this holiday season and bring joy to a local child. Here’s our popular list of ways to give, and we have  new additions this year! 

Toys for Tots  

This U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program collects and distributes Christmas gifts for children of all ages. Donate new, unwrapped toys at any of the drop-off locations in Hillsborough County. To learn more about the Toys for Tots program and locate toy drop-off sites, visit tampa-fl.toysfortots.org. 

Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent  

The Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent supports more than 13,000 families in need during the holiday season. You can help by donating new gifts, especially food and toys for infants and teens, at the tent or at other drop-off locations. Learn more about the items needed and drop off locations at metromin.org/holiday-central. 

Ronald McDonald House  

Resident families at the Ronald McDonald Houses of Tampa Bay need your help to have a better holiday season. You can help by donating new gifts for children, including toys, books, board games and movies. Gift cards and pantry items are also appreciated by the families. You can see the whole list at rmhctampabay.org/other-ways. 

Salvation Army  

The Salvation Army Angel Tree is a great way to directly give to a local family and child during the holidays. There are Angel Tree locations throughout Tampa Bay. Visit SalvationArmyFlorida.org to find one near you. 

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay  

Many families have survived tough times with the help of The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, and through their Holiday Giving Program, you can help these families enjoy the holidays as well. Drop off new toys, gifts for pre-teens and teens and gift cards at the Crisis Center or learn more at crisiscenter.com. 

The Spring of Tampa Bay 

You can donate new toys (no stuffed animals) yearround to The Spring of Tampa Bay, which supports domestic violence survivors and their families. Survivors can pick out items in the thrift store to help them rebuild their lives. The store is also open to the public, and 100% of items sold go back into supporting the families with emergency shelter and services. This is also a good time to clean out those closets and donate gently used or new items you and the kids have never worn. thespring.org 

Mary Lee’s House 

Mary Lees House assists abused and neglected children in our community through a collaboration of government, private agencies and support from the public like you. They accept donations of new toys, baby items, books and sporting equipment year round. Donations can be dropped off during business hours at the Tampa office at 2806 N. Armenia Ave. maryleeshouse.org 

Children’s Home Network 

You can help local at-risk families year round, but your help is always needed during the holidays. They also have a great need for clothing shoes, bedding and personal care items. childrenshomenetwork.org 

Boys and Girls Club  of Tampa Bay 

The Boys and Girls Club is collecting new toys for children of all ages, from elementary to high school age, and would appreciate puzzles, board games, toy cars and more. Toys and gifts for children and teens can be dropped off at 4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 450. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club, visit bgctampa.org. 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital  

Year-round, St Josephs Children Hospital accepts toys, activities and comfort items for children of all ages ranging from infants to teens. Items such as Play-Doh, puzzles, educational games, video games and teethers are just a few of the items on the wish list. For the complete list, visit give2stjoeskids.org. You can drop off new toys and gifts at the information desk in the lobby at 3001 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Shriner’s Hospital for Children  

The patients at Shriners Hospital for Children need your help for a better and more festive stay this holiday season. Due to space and patient needs, only items on the wish list (that include arts and crafts, Barbies, Uno cards, trucks and more) can be accepted. Find the full wish list for the Tampa Shriners Hospital at shrinershospitalforchildren.org/locations/Tampa. 

John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital  

New, unused toys for infants, children and teens can be dropped off in the hospital lobby. You can find their wish lists on Amazon for NICU Nook, Baby Bundles, Kids Corner and Teen Scene. Learn more about items needed at hopkinsallchildrens.org.            

Other Ways to Give: 

Even if donating new gifts isn’t part of the family budget this year, you can ask your children if they want to donate some of their gently used toys they dont play with anymore. Organizations such as Salvation Army, Goodwill, churches and others will accept used toys and gifts. After all, giving is in the spirit of the holidays! 

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