Donating toys to a charity can make a child's day, month or even year. But before you make a donation, research where and how to donate toys to charities in South Florida.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is a program started by the U.S. Marine Corps that encourages the donation of new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December of each year. Volunteers distribute toys to needy children each holiday season.
Toys for Tots sets up drop off locations across the country each October. The Hialeah/Miami branch coordinates toy collections in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, while the West Palm Beach branch coordinates the Palm Beach County drop off points.
Miami Children's Hospital Foundation
The Miami Children's Hospital Foundation gladly accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys. The toys are distributed among the children receiving treatment at the hospital. A "wish list" of toys for the children can be found on the foundation's website. This list is not exhaustive; the hospital will gladly accept all toys or gifts that are new and unwrapped. You can drop donations off at Miami Children's Hospital all year long.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities support sick children and their families. Through their Toy and Food Donation Program, you can drop new toys off at any local chapter and they will donate them to their resident children. There are chapters in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
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