We need not revisit the merits for donating toys to less fortunate children who otherwise might not get Christmas gifts, but your kids learn by example, and there’s still time to show them the meaning of season. Encourage your kids to help pick out a new, unwrapped toy and load up the whole family for a stop at a donation event. To find the one nearest you, check out our roundup of collection locations hosted by police and fire stations, nonprofits and more.
WFAA Santa’s Helpers
News 8 meteorologist Pete Delkus will be accepting toys for more than 50,000 children across Dallas-Fort Worth at these upcoming drive-thru events:
December 6 from 5–8:30pm at Historic Downtown McKinney
111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney
December 11 from 5–8:30pm at the Don Davis Auto Group
1903 N. Collins St., Arlington
December 13 from 5–8:30pm at Colleyville Heritage High School
5401 Heritage Ave., Colleyville
December 17 from 5–8:30pm at Montgomery Plaza
2600 W. 7th St., Fort Worth
December 19 from 5–10:30pm at WFAA Victory Park Studio
3030 Olive St., Dallas
Toys can also be dropped off at WFAA sponsor locations (Don Davis Auto Group, Golden Chick, Milestone Electric, Tom Thumb and Albertsons) through December 16.
Community Partners of Dallas
Toys donated to this nonprofit will be given to more than 7,500 local children who have been abused or neglected. Whether you host a toy drive, donate money or purchase items from a child’s wish list, there are plenty of ways to get involved this holiday season. Contact Corinne Karp at 214/624-7588 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Or through December 6, donate new, unused items to CPD’s Holiday Toy Drive at Ida Mae Home:
6025 Royal Lane, Dallas
St. Nick has his work cut out for him on Christmas Eve, and Tarrant County’s Cowboy Santas are here to help. Encourage your kids to pick out new toys, electronics, games and more for kids 12 and under (as well as books for all ages) and drop them off by December 20 at any Fort Worth police and fire stations, or at the program’s warehouse:
541 N. Main St., Fort Worth
Christmas in the Square Toy Drive
Head to Frisco Square for ice skating, carriage rides and drop-off locations for the Toys for Troops Drive, a partnership with Operation Once in a Lifetime. Donations will be accepted through December 18 at 11 locations on the square, including the Square’s outdoor ice rink.
8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco
City of Irving Toy Drive
Gifts for teens are especially needed at the city’s Blue Christmas Toy Drive, hosted by the police and fire departments. Donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1–16 plus canned and boxed food items at any of the fire stations or police stations through December 23. Click here for a map of drop-off locations.
Family Gateway x HeARTS of Maya
With her arts nonprofit, HeARTS of Maya, 12-year-old Maya Delgado has partnered with the downtown Dallas shelter, Family Gateway. Through December 13, donate unwrapped toy for kids ages 6 months to 18 years at the locations below:
Family Gateway, 711 S. St. Paul St., Dallas
Studio 7 Performance, 13702 Gamma Road, Farmers Branch
Flower Mound Annual Santa Cops Toy Drive
By December 5th, donate a new, unwrapped toy to one of nine locations across Flower Mound, including the police department, town hall and library. Police officers will distribute toys to children who might not otherwise receive a gift from Santa. Monetary donations in the form of gift card or check can be delivered directly to the police station:
4150 Kirkpatrick Lane, Flower Mound
North Richland Hills Holiday Food & Toy Drive
NRH police force and firefighters will deliver both food and toy donations to the Community Enrichment Center. Do your part by donating items through December 19 to any North Richland Hills Fire Station or to the Public Safety lobby at City Hall:
4301 City Point Drive, North Richland Hills
Rockwall County Helping Hands
This nonprofit seeks to give three new toys each to anunderserved young children and gift certificates to older kids. Drop off your donations to the Rockwall City Hall or library on December 11. Toys will be distributed on Saturday, December 15; volunteers as young as 7 years old can take part in distributing gifts. Donation locations and more information here.
Texas Woman’s University Holiday Gift Program
Support TWU students with young families by taking part in the university’s holiday gift program. Register online to sponsor and shop for a student parent and their children here or donate virtually via eToybox.