Holiday toy drives in Lakeland, FL

Volunteers loading up donated toys | Photo via @parkerstreetministries

With the season of giving fast approaching, we’re taking a look at Lakeland’s Christmas toy drives. Regardless of where you donate, make sure all toys and gifts are new and unwrapped

🎁 Cops for Kids | Donate a gift for children aged 12 and under through Dec. 3 to the Lakeland Police Department, City Hall, Lakeland Electric, Kelly Recreational Complex, or any Lakeland Public Library. Call (863) 834-6912 for additional information.

🎁 One More Child | Drop off toys for school-aged children to the Harold Clark Simmons Compassion Center (1015 Sikes Blvd.) by Dec. 10. You can also bring new, unwrapped clothing for babies, toddlers, and children around ages 5-13. 

Bags of donated toys in 2020 | Photo via @parkerstreetministries

🎁 Kate’s Story Foundation | Kate’s Story Foundation is collecting toys for hospitalized children at Lakeland Regional Health, Nemours Children’s Health Lakeland, and the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. Drop off latex-free gifts to one of six Polk County locations through Dec. 10. For a complete list of requested toys + drop-off locations, click here.  

🎁 Heartland for Children’s Rudolph Round-Up | Heartland for Children is aiming to provide toys to 1,500 local children. Help meet this goal by donating a gift from their registry at the main campus (215 E. Magnolia St.) by Dec. 17. Additionally, you can become a Rudolph Champion by sponsoring a child and shopping his or her wish list, or making a monetary donation.

🎁 Parker Street Ministries | Contribute to Parker Street Ministries’ annual Christmas Store, which currently needs roughly 2,800 gifts to be donated or funded in order to serve their community. Drop off or have gifts delivered no later than Dec. 6 to Parker Street Ministries. In addition to gifts, you can donate funds

For 10 more local spots to donate toys to kids this season, check out Lakeland Mom’s list here.