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AWC is a Toys for Tots Collection Site

We are participating in Toys for Tots again this year. This will mark our 20th year of participating as a toy drop off site.
We will be collecting new, unwrap toys until Friday, December 13th.
Any donation(s) you can make, to this worthy cause, are greatly appreciated.

In the past we’ve collected anywhere from 50 to 150 toys. Last year we collected 56 toys. It would be great if we could surpass that this year!

Drop off Toys 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, at 20809 Kensington Blvd, Lakeville, MN 55044

About Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one and he did. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.

  • Toys are distributed to kids from 0 – 15. Typically, there is a shortage of toys for infants and teenagers.
  • Gift cards are accepted, but are not distributed as gifts. The Marines take donated gift cards and purchase gifts for the program.
  • Typically, the average gifts are in the $30 range. However, toys in all price ranges are accepted.

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Toy Ideas by Age Groups:

Birth – 2 Years
·   Bath toys
·   Blocks
·   Board books
·   Stacking toys
·   Stuffed animals
·   Soft Squeeze Balls
·   Plastic Keys On Rings
·   Play Gyms
·   Soft Dolls
·   Blankets
·   Musical toys

3-4 Years
·   Arts & crafts
·   Books (story & activity)
·   Dress-up / pretend play
·   Games and puzzles
·   Musical instruments
·   Outdoor toys
·   Riding Toys

5-7 Years
   Action figures
·   Construction toys
·   Dolls & accessories
·   Puzzles & brain teasers
·   Play sets
·   Books

8-11 Years
·   Arts & crafts
·   Building & models
·   Gadgets & electronic toys
·   Remote control vehicles
·   Board Games
·   Sporting Equipment

12-16 Years
·   Collectible dolls &figures
·   Games
·   MP3 players & radios
·   Sports equipment
·   Jewelry making kits
·   Journals
·   Make Up Brush sets
·   Nail polish sets
·   Purses/cosmetic bags
·   Hair Accessories
·   Books
·   Hats/Baseball Caps
·   Yo-Yos
·   Backpacks
·   Nerf items
·   Remote control vehicles

Please note:  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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