‘Tis the season for holiday toy drives! Toy drives are a great way to give back and brighten a local family’s holiday season. They’re also a fun way to get your child involved in giving back and taking part in something bigger than themselves.
We all know the drill on toy drives too, right? We buy a new, unwrapped gift, drive to a drop-off location and pass it on to one of the volunteers. But this year, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC, which provides services and resources for abused children in Dallas County) decided to put a little twist on how they do their toy drive.
Each year, the DCAC holds their Holiday of Hope program where families receive donations from the community. But this season DCAC has decided to put the caregivers a little more front and center by creating a “store” where the caregivers can “shop” for their families’ holiday gifts.
This will function differently than drives where the community “adopts” a child, as we’ve seen at other toy drives. Instead, donations from the community will go directly to the DCAC “store.”
Caregivers are then given a couple hours to pick out the perfect item for their little ones. DCAC believes this will be a much more fulfilling opportunity for these families—the parents or caregivers know exactly what their child wants and likes, and who knows their kiddo’s personalities better than they do? “Our caregivers are excited to be a part of this,” said Murphey Sears, DCAC Chief Development Officer and “Head Elf.” “DCAC is extremely thankful…to the hundreds of North Texans who support Holiday of Hope.”
And in case you were wondering, it’s expected that more than 2,000 caregivers will be able to “shop” for their kiddos at this year’s program. That’s going to be a lot of happy kiddos! Of course, the “store” won’t be full without your help. The DCAC is asking for donations through Dec. 7. You can find the kid’s wish list here and drop the toys off at the DCAC office (address and hours listed below). You can also donate through their Amazon charity list, which is convenient for those of you who want to donate, but don’t have the time to drive down to the office.
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas; 214/818-2600
Monday–Thursday from 9am–8pm; Friday 9am–5pm; Saturday from 10am–2pm
Images courtesy of DCAC.