“The Support Center for Child Advocates has been running the Toy Drive for nearly 30 years and in that time has grown significantly. This year we will provide gifts for more than 1,500 children and teens in and around the Philadelphia area,” says Cate Galbally, the Development Officer of Special Events and Corporate Relations at the Support Center for Child Advocates.
Needless to say, the center’s annual toy drive has been a Philadelphia tradition for quite some time now. Founded in 1977, The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Working together with a Child Advocates volunteer attorney, social workers take on incoming cases, seeking to provide victims with justice and safety.
Largely funded by donors and kept afloat with the services of volunteer attorneys and with the support of an incredible staff, Child Advocates invites the entire community to give this holiday season, offering a variety of ways to do so.
This year, the official Support Center for Child Advocates Toy Drive launch will take place on what has become a national day of goodwill, #GivingTuesday. On that day, Tuesday, Nov. 28, community members are invited to join staff, public officials and donors as they cut the ribbon on this year’s Toy Drive HQ—the 12th floor of One Logan Square (donated by Brandywine Property Trust). The kick-off event is an open invitation to the public to come meet staff, see how our Toy Drive works, and help decorate the space. Click here for more information.
The non-profit’s #GivingTuesday events have garnered tremendous success in years past, and this year, Child Advocates hope to raise $10,000 for abused and neglected kids. Interested donors can give via mail, phone or online.
Those wishing to get involved in the annual toy drive can participate in a variety of ways:
- Coordinate a toy drive among family, friends and colleagues. Participants will receive a label with information about a child in need.
- Volunteer at Toy Drive Headquarters. Help sort and bag toys on weekdays from Nov.28-Dec.15, 9a.m.-5p.m.
- Sponsor a needy family or teen with clothing, household items, furniture and other basic needs.
- Purchase gifts from the Child Advocates Amazon Wish List. Those who wish to contribute, but don’t have time to shop can quickly purchase donations via Amazon.
- Help deliver toys – Volunteer drivers are needed on Tuesday, Dec. 16—delivery day.
“The best experience I’ve had is delivering the toys,” says Tracy Buchholz, Child Advocates’ Communications Associate. “It’s such a rewarding feeling showing up to their house. It’s about hoping everyone has a happy holiday no matter what.”
Learn more about participating in the Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Toy Drive here.