Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spread Cheer This Holiday Season at Local Toy Drives

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 12:07 PM

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It's that special time of year again and while you are busy shopping for your family, consider buying a toy for a local child in need. There are multiple toy drives happening all over Tucson this holiday season to make donating simple and easy.

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Stuff the Bus at Walmart

The Salvation Army is partnering with iHeart Media, SunTran and Walmart to stuff five SunTran busses full of toys on Friday, Dec. 14.

“This is our biggest event of the holiday season. It is vital we receive toy donations, so we can continue to serve the children of Tucson. Last year we were able to collect 3,684 toys and provided assistance to 1,500 families. The goal this year is to collect 6,000 toys and fill 5 SunTran buses with new toys so we can help more families in need this Christmas,” said Captain David Oh, The Salvation Army Tucson Area Coordinator.

Meet radio stars from 93.7 KRQ, Hot 98.3, My 92.9, 97.1 The Bull and KNST AM 790 when you bring new, unwrapped toys to the Walmart on Speedway and Kolb and make a local kid's holidays a little brighter.

More information about Stuff The Bus.

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Holiday House at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse

Donate toys, clothes, accessories and household goods this holiday season to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Survivors can choose gifts for their families with no cost at the Holiday House and start to build happy holiday memories.

New, unwrapped donations can be dropped off at 2545 E. Adams Street through Dec. 10.

Boys & Girls Clubs Holiday Gift Drive at Walgreens

If you are stopping by Walgreens for your prescription or some last minute holiday cards, look for their decorated boxes for donations. Local Walgreens locations have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson to collect toys for children from age 7 to 17 and other items such as pajamas, candy, gift cards, makeup and items you can conveniently pick up while in the store. Gifts are being collected through Dec. 11.

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Fill the Streetcar

This year, the annual Miracle on 31st Street expects over 15,000 children to attend, so they need a lot of toys.

In 1970 Ramon Gonzales donated $125 of his own money to host a holiday party and cook hotdogs in his yard for children in his neighborhood that didn't have anything for the holidays.

Now, Miracle on 31st Street has grown into a huge event, hosted at Casino Del Sol's AVA Amphitheater, that provides toys, food and a holiday party for thousands of local kids.

The Regional Transportation Authority is helping collect toys for the event by filling a streetcar this holiday season. The Sun Link Streetcar will be parked on 8th Street, just west of 4th Avenue on Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Between 4 and 6 p.m. listen to songs from Salpointe and Canyon del Oro High School choirs and CDO Pep Band. And if you're lucky you might even see Santa! Find out more about the event here.

Operation Holiday Open House

Military families can head over to the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Wing this Saturday, Dec. 8 to "go shopping" for the holidays for free! Throughout November and December the Military Assistance Mission has been collecting toys and other gifts for military children.

“This program, Operation Holiday Open House, is to thank those in uniform including the families, during this this very special time of year,’ said Margy Bons, Founder and CEO of Military Assistance Mission.

6620 S. Air Guard Way, building 5 just south of Valencia Rd. connected to Tucson International Airport.

So, happy holidays and merry giving! Help brighten a child's holiday this year. 

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