According to Community Partners of Dallas CEO/President Paige McDaniel,
“Community Partners of Dallas’ annual toy drive is now underway and this year we have a record-breaking number of wish requests, over 800 more than last year, for the abused and neglected children we serve.
“CPD is accepting donations of new toys through Friday, December 7. With more than 9,300 wishes to be granted, we need the support of the community this year more than ever to ensure that every single one is filled. We can send you 2 wishes, 20 wishes or 200 – all donations are welcome and appreciated!
“Community Partners of Dallas’ Toy Drive is unique in that the wishes are brought to the agency by CPS caseworkers on behalf of the children in their care, and those same caseworkers will have the wonderful opportunity to deliver the gifts personally. For many of our kids, these might be the only gifts they receive, and for some the first holiday gift they have ever been given. Wishes can be fulfilled by companies, churches, scout troops, business offices, or individuals.
“This year our two priority needs are tablets (any brand and often on sale on Black Friday) and gift cards, valued at $25 or more, for the teens we serve. Gift cards from retailers such as Target, Wal-mart, Bath & Body Works, Forever21, GameStop, Academy, Old Navy, Ulta and Best Buy are always appreciated as every teen should have the experience of shopping and selecting something for themselves.
“Organizations and individuals can also coordinate a new toy drive for the undesignated toy collection used to serve additional children who come into CPS’ protective care after the wish list deadline and to fill wishes not selected by donors.
“All gifts should be new and not wrapped. Toys must be delivered to the Community Partners of Dallas’ Toy Drive Warehouse at the Peacock Alley Warehouse, located at 2050 Postal Way, Dallas, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7. For more information on participating in the Toy Drive or for warehouse hours, contact Corinne Karp, 214.624.7588 or visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org.”
* Graphic courtesy of Community Partners of Dallas