About DonateAToy

DonateAToy’s mission has always been to drive as many toys as possible into the hands of children in need. In order to accomplish this, we realized that it would be necessary to build a relationship with a charitable organization that has rightfully earned the trust of millions of people throughout the US. Toys for Tots was the obvious choice. Since its inception, Toys for Tots has distributed over 600 million toys, putting smiles on the faces of countless children on Christmas.


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How DonateAToy Benefits Toys for Tots

In 2016, DonateAToy built a relationship with Toys for Tots, combining our efforts to provide even more children with a merry Christmas. Every time you make a toy purchase through our online donation portal, we match your donation. This means that for each toy you donate with us, you are actually donating two toys to children in need! And the matched toy donation is always equal in value to the toy you choose to donate. This is also applicable to cash donations. For instance, if your business or not-for-profit organization wants to donate $5,000 in toys; when you make that donation with us, you’ve just donated $10,000 worth of toys!

In 2020, we were able to donate over 80,000 toys to Toys for Tots through our online platform! We hope to continue our growth, getting hundreds of thousands of toys to the children who need them most.

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Why We Support Their Mission

A Brief History of Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began in 1947 as the brainchild of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. Actually, it was his wife, Diane, who was the real inspiration. She had a few handcrafted dolls and asked Bill to deliver them to an agency that supports children in need.

When Bill reported back to his wife that he could not find such an organization, she instructed him to “start one!”. Maj Hendricks and the Marines in his reserve unit in LA collected and distributed 5,000 toys in 1947.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charity, was established in 1991 at the behest of the Marine Corps to help run and support the Marine Toys for Tots Program.

The Foundation raises funds, purchases toys, provides promotional and support materials, manages all funds raised and donated, solicits corporate support, educates the public, and handles day-to-day operations.

Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually.

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Our Toy Match Program

How Is This Made Possible?

DonateAToy has developed strong relationships with a wide array of reputable toy vendors; in combination with the benefits provided by having our own storage facility, DonateAToy is able to simplify the donation process while shipping toys directly either locally or nationally to children who are most in need. Because the Toys for Tots mission is so important to us, our team decided to utilize these advantages to provide more toys to more children. Our Toy Match Program maximizes the positive impact your donations have on communities throughout the US.

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