According to Community Partners of Dallas CEO/President Paige McDaniel,
“Community Partners of Dallas’ annual toy drive is now underway and this year our goal is to fulfill more than 6,000 wish requests for the abused and neglected children we serve.
“CPD is accepting donations of new toys and gift cards through Friday, December 6. [Editor’s note: This deadline is earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving being so late.] With thousands of wishes to be granted, we need the support of the entire community 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, Walmart, 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 printing 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 6. Please note that Thanksgiving falls later this year and the Friday following the holiday is the drop off deadline! If toys are not delivered by December 6th we cannot guarantee they will be ready in time for this holiday season. For more information on participating in the Toy Drive or for warehouse hours, contact Corrine Karp, 214.624.7588 or visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org.
“I also want to thank our lead sponsors this year: Peacock Alley, Whataburger, and 99.5 The Wolf, as well as our Jingle Bells sponsor – Buyers Barricades; and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer sponsors – Centennial; and Origin Bank.
‘Thank you and happy holidays to all!”