5 Tips for Organizing a Toy Drive

With the holiday season underway, many of us are looking forward to exchanging gifts with our loved ones. It’s an especially exciting time for children as they put together wish lists and dream about receiving new toys. However, not all kids have family members who can afford to make their wishes come true. For those who want to embrace the holiday spirit by making other people’s lives better, organizing a toy drive is an excellent way to help those children and their families.

A holiday toy drive can make a big difference in the lives of low-income kids, but orchestrating a successful one requires some thoughtful planning and promotion. If you’re thinking of spearheading a toy donation campaign, here are a few recommendations to help you meet your goals and ensure as many children as possible have a happy holiday. 

1. Choose a charity to work with to collect toys. 

Do some research to find charitable organizations in your community that help low-income children and their families. They can offer guidance as you organize your toy drive and distribute the donations once you’re done collecting them. 

2. Decide on the dates/times for donations. 

The nonprofit MEND recommends holding your toy drive for a minimum for five days/one business week to give everyone time to turn in their donations. You might also want to publicize certain times of day when people who want to contribute toys can access your designated drop-off point. 

3. Determine the scope of your toy drive. 

A toy drive can vary considerably depending on the time and effort you can afford to devote to it, according to the Kind to Kids Foundation. Do you just want to get your friends and family members on board, or do you want to get as many people in your community as possible to participate? If you have a limited amount of time and not many resources, you might want to limit your scope and goals to people you know personally, whereas you might want to aim for a bigger drive if you have lots of time and resources at your disposal.

4. Promote and publicize it. 

The more people hear about your toy drive, the more donations you’ll get. To raise awareness, it helps to reach out to a number of outlets, including local news sources (print and broadcast). You can also use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to get the word out. Finally, designing and printing fliers to distribute/display on bulletin boards in areas like coffee shops can also get the attention of potential participants.

5. Order customized lanyards for organizers and participants. 

Custom woven lanyards can enhance your charitable efforts in a number of ways. If you have volunteers manning the drop-off point for donations, you can have them wear customized lanyards with a design that reflects the season and your mission to improve the lives of children in need. This can create a sense of unity and foster team spirit among those helping to organize the toy drive. Additionally, you could hand out customized lanyards to people who donate toys as a way to thank them and give them a unique keepsake that reminds them of how great it feels to give back.

Ultimately, with these recommendations in mind, you can brighten the holiday season for kids in need and spread the spirit of giving throughout your community. If you’d like to order custom lanyards for your toy drive, our team can provide you with unique, high-quality products. Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (847) 424-1900 or emailing orders@wovenlanyards.com.

Posted on December 1, 2016 .