Toys for the Holidays

Toys for the Holidays

Toys for the Holidays is Volunteers of America-Greater New York's holiday gift drive for children. Your gifts brighten the holidays for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters, pre-K schools for students with developmental delays, and group homes for at-risk youth. In most years, we can even distribute toys to smaller shelter and assistance programs outside our organization with severely limited resources.

How to Get Involved:

  • COLLECT. Hold a drive at your office or social group to collect new, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages up to 17. When choosing toys to contribute, we encourage you prioritize quality over quantity, in the hope that each child can receive one or two presents that are really special. We can provide posters to help you promote your efforts and sample text for requesting help.

    For easy shopping, purchase toys from our Amazon Wishlist for children or shop our Wishlist for teens to give gift cards they'll love.
  • DONATE. If you want to help, but don't have time to shop or organize a drive donate here and your contribution will help bring a smile to a child's face during the holidays.

To find out more about how you can help, email Andrew Zibell, Corporate & Community Engagement Manager at azibell@voa-gny.org.

Watch this video featuring volunteers who came to help sort through and wrap gifts for our kids:

We are always grateful for gifts of cash as it allows us the flexibility to use it where it is most needed. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call, let us know how you would like to direct your gift and we can take your credit card over the phone and ensure it will be used to brighten the holidays of someone in need.​