Santa's Helper

3 Houston Toy Drives That Could Use Your Donations

Give the kids a reason to smile this Christmas with your donations.

By Jessica Lodge


The countdown to Christmas is well underway and if you’re lucky, your home will soon be filled with presents. As you begin to make your lists—and check them twice—don’t forget to add a little extra in your cart for the children who may go without this holiday season. Here are three toy drives that are accepting new toys to gift to less fortunate children for Christmas. 

Shop the toy list for Operation Stocking Stuffer.

One of the largest community outreach programs in the city, the Houston Fire Department’s annual stocking stuffer toy drive is currently collecting toys for kids. This year, the HFD is asking for both toys and monetary donations. Toys can be purchased through their list on Amazon where you can choose from gift cards, headphones, board games, and speakers. The drive-thru toy drive will take place on December 18, starting at 9 a.m. and running until all goodies have been given away. 

Make a donation to the Houston Children’s Charity Christmas Toy Store.

The Houston Children’s Charity, which has been helping kids in the Greater Houston area since 2008, is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program for their annual holiday toy drive. The HCC will be accepting toy donations in Hall B of the George R. Brown Convention Center until December 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring as many gifts as your vehicle will allow!

Donate to be a Secret Santa with KHOU11.

You can give just a little more joy and smiles for Christmas with a toy or monetary donation to  KHOU11’s Secret Santa toy drive that will benefit families through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Toys can be purchased on KHOU’s Walmart wishlist and you can choose from Barbie, Roblox, bicycles, art kits, and scooters. You can also donate money of any amount, one-time or monthly. (Tip: You may also want to ask if your employer will match or double your donation.)

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