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FAQ: Toys for Tots 2020

Answers to help you donate or receive a toy this holiday season.
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The Marines' Toys for Tots campaign is underway now through Christmas.

Toys for Tots is a wonderful way to connect with the community and help out families during the holidays. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Twin Cities Toys for Tots drive:

Where can I make a toy donation?

The tent at KARE 11 is now closed but there are also many drop-off locations around town. =You can also drop off a new unwrapped toy at Kowalski's Markets (through Thursday) and St. Paul Federal Credit Union (through Friday at 10 a.m.) locations. Click here to find other locations.

Can I donate money?

You can make a monetary donation through KARE 11's Give 11. It's a website that makes it easy to donate whatever you can afford. You can also donate directly to the Marines.

How can my group sign up to make a donation during a KARE 11 newscast?

We aired submissions Nov. 30 - December 14. We are no longer acceptinc submissions for 2020.  Watch for the 2021 submission window starting in November 2021. 

RELATED: Toys for Tots appearances on KARE 11 for 2019

How can I volunteer?

Toys for Tots volunteers are in HIGH demand right now. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, please email toysfortotstwincitiesvolunteer@gmail.com. You can also follow the Toys for Tots Twin Cities Facebook page to find out about volunteer opportunities. Masks and proper safety initiatives are in place to keep the Marines and volunteers healthy and safe. 

Where is the warehouse located for the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign?

The Toys for Tots warehouse is located at 767 Eustis Street, St Paul. MN, 55114.

What is an acceptable donation?

The Marines accept monetary donations and new, unwrapped toys. Some examples are games, action figures, dolls, baby toys, puzzles and non-realistic looking weapons. They do accept homemade toys, but ask that they are safe and free of sharp edges and small items that could be swallowed or otherwise injure the children that receive these donations.

Toys are distributed to kids from 0 - 15 years old. 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.

When is the last day you are accepting toys?

The Marines are asking for toys and financial donations to be donated by December 17 to allow time for them to be distributed. 

How can my child receive a toy?

Families need to contact a distribution agency working with Toys for Tots. For a list of agencies click here.

Only toy requests by family members with custodial responsibility are normally approved, other requests are considered on a case by case basis. The age limit is 15 years old.

A child may only be registered through one charity organization. Multiple registrations by different family members, at different locations, are not allowed.

RELATED: Give 11: Donate to Toys for Tots

How do I get a receipt from my donation?

A receipt/combination letter will be provided to the donor that appears on the donation check ONLY. This will be issued sometime in January/February of the following calendar year, by the corporate office in Virginia, NOT by the local office. We are not legally allowed to provide any receipt to anyone.

The above applies if you host a charity fundraiser event and collect donations in the form of checks addressed to Toys for Tots/Marine Toys for Tots Foundation that are turned into the local office(s).

If you have donations made out to a person/company who then processes those donations into a check made payable to Toys for Tots/Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a receipt will be issued to the name on the check only.

How do I become a Toy Distribution Agency?

To become a Distributor (agency) you must complete the form on www.toysfortots.org. Agencies are required to have a 501(c)3 Tax ID number and must be located in counties that are covered (which include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties). Visit www.toysfortots.org for full details and a full list of counties served.

Does the Twin Cities Toys for Tots have a Facebook page?

The Marine's Twin Cities Toys for Tots page is located here: http://www.facebook.com/t4ttwincities. Please like and share this page. 

More information about Twin Cities Toys for Tots program can be found on the local Toys for Tots website.