This week, Toy & Joy kicked off their annual effort to collect and distribute toys to kids in need in the Portland Metro area. On November 29th, 34 volunteers showed up at the Toy & Joy warehouse located at 5916 NE Going to fill orders and get collection boxes out into the community.
Toy & Joy’s collection system consists of collecting toys in advance – basically, orders for toys are being filled now with toys collected last year. Simultaneously, collection boxes are going out all over the area to collect toys that will be given to needy kids next year.
Toy & Joy accepts any unwrapped toys for ages infant – 13 years. In addition to providing toys to kids during the holidays, Toy & Joy also provides toys to children of families who have experienced a devastating fire. This can help kids get through a tough time.
Volunteers are needed now to help fill orders and especially from December 20 – 22 to pick up collection boxes. Toy & Joy is open from 9 am – 3 pm Monday through Saturday if you are interested in volunteering. There is a particular need for Spanish-speaking volunteers on Wednesday – Friday. If you have questions, contact Toy & Joy at (503) 231-8697 or visit their website at http://www.toynjoymakers.org/.
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