Frequently Asked Questions

How can I obtain toys for my children or for someone else?
How do I find my local Toys for Tots campaign?
How can my business become a Toy Drop Off Location?
How can I make a cash donation to Toys for Tots?
How can my corporation become a National Corporate Sponsor of Toys for Tots?
Where can I drop off a toy?
How can I become a Toys for Tots volunteer?
My business is a toy drop off location. I need to have the toys we have collected picked up.
I signed up for assistance/to be a collection site but have not heard anything. What should I do?
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 am writing a paper/making a speech about Toys for Tots. Where can I obtain information?

 

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

Proceed through the following process.

  1. Click the Donate or Request a Toy option 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
    • This will direct you to the Local Campaign website.
  4. Contact information for the campaign as well as information pertaining to donating or requesting a toy can be found on the website.
    The Coordinator will contact you once they have received your inquiry.

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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 800 Toys for Tots campaign sites.  At the top of the Home Page (www.toysfortots.org), there is a navigation menu/tab. From this menu, select the "Find Your Local Campaign" tab. There will be a drop down menu “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 visitor 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: How can my business become a Toy Drop Off Location?

Proceed through the following process.

  1. Click the Find Your Local Campaign 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
    • This will direct you to the Local Campaign website.
  4. Contact information for the campaign as well as information pertaining to becoming a toy drop site can be found on the website.
    The Coordinator will contact you once they have received your inquiry.

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

To donate by credit card, go to Donate Now

To donate by check, simply 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 steps:

  1. Go to Corporate Sponsors on our homepage.
  2. Click on the How to Become a Sponsor box.
  3. Read information provided.
  4. Click on Colonel Ted Silvester email address, and an e-mail box will appear
  5. Fill out email message by providing your name and phone number. Ted will contact you as soon as possible.
  6. You can also call Ted Silvester at the number indicated on that page.

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Q: Where can I drop off a toy?

Proceed through the following process to determine the toy drop off location nearest to you.

  1. Click the Donate or Request a Toy option 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
    • This will direct you to the Local Campaign website.
  4. Contact information for the campaign as well as information pertaining to Toy Drop Sites can be found on the website.

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

Proceed through the following process.

  1. Click the Find Your Local Campaign menu option 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
    • This will direct you to the Local Campaign website.
  4. Contact information for the campaign as well as information pertaining to donating or requesting a toy can be found on the website.
    The Coordinator will contact you once they have received your inquiry.

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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 process.

  1. Click the Find Your Local Campaign menu option 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
    • This will direct you to the Local Campaign website. If this is not the local campaign you are serving as a toy drop off location for select a different City or County.
  4. Contact information for the campaign can be found on the website.
    The Coordinator will contact you once they have received your inquiry.

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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: 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. Check with your local campaign for age limits.

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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 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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