West Chester, Pa (November 16, 2022)  Residents, businesses, and families that want to support Toys for Tots this holiday season can make donations at a drop box located at the district office of state Senator Carolyn Comitta.

Now through December 7, new and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the atrium of 17 East Gay Street in downtown West Chester. The office is open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can also stop by one of Senator Comitta’s mobile/senior outreach offices to drop off their donations.

The donations go to Toys for Tots of Chester and Southern Montgomery Counties, which last year collected and distributed more than 32,500 toys to nearly 15,500 children in our area.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to experience the joy and magic of the holiday season,” state Senator Carolyn Comitta said. “For 75 years, Toys for Tots, along with its volunteers and donors, have been working to make that happen. This year, I am again thrilled to support their efforts. The season of gift-giving is here, and I thank everyone who helps spread the cheer to families in need.”

In addition, donations are accepted and encouraged at any number of Toys for Tots collection sites throughout the area. To locate a collection site or find other ways to support the effort, visit https://chester-county-pa.toysfortots.org/

Donations may include new and unwrapped toys such as:

  • Dolls/Barbies
  • Stuffed animals
  • Art, Jewelry, Nail and Craft Kits
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Action figures
  • Radio control cars/trucks
  • Hand-held electronics
  • Sporting goods
  • Books
  • STEM Science kits
  • Legos

Since 1947, Toys for Tots has distributed toys to children from homes that cannot afford to buy gifts for the holidays. In that time 627 million toys have been collected and distributed to more than 281 million children.

Last year alone, 832 Toys for Tots coordinators delivered over 22.4 million toys, books, and games to nearly 8.8 million children in more than 800 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The program, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve Foundation, is primarily staffed by volunteers, with only a handful of employees at the Toys for Tots Foundation. According to its website, it remains a top-rated charity, with more than 97 percent of donations going directly to its mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to children in need. The 3 percent spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses

For more information on Toys for Tots of Chester and Southern Montgomery Counties, visit https://chester-county-pa.toysfortots.org/