helping students put compassion into action by distributing toys to children in need

The Great Toy Giveaway  is a unique peer-to-peer giving program that provides students the opportunity to put their compassion into action by distributing toys to children in need. Participating schools receive donated toys from The Toy Foundation and lovingly distribute them to children in need in their own communities.

2020 – 2021 Great Toy Giveaway

In 2020, due to COVID-19, the scope of the project changed significantly. We faced many challenges. With stay-at-home orders, students learning remotely, ongoing restrictions on in- person events and the ever-changing safety guidelines, the 2020 program implementation required much flexibility and adaptation.

We knew however, that with COVID-19 severely impacting many families, the need to bring joy to kids and families was more important than ever. We invite you to check out the incredible impact here.

2019 – 2020 Great Toy Giveaway

The Great Toy Giveaway launched in 2019 with great success! Nearly 8,000 students in 5 states lovingly distributed over 13,000 toys to 10,519 children in need. You may see the joy and the far-reaching impact of the Great Toy Giveaway Year 1 program here.

2019 Great Toy Giveaway Bus Tour

As part of The Great Toy Giveaway launch event, we organize a California bus tour! Fueled by the pure joy of giving, our happy bus – filled with big-hearted kids and teens – drove up the California coast all the way to Sacramento, stopping and delivering toys, smiles and love to children and communities in need along the way.

The Great Toy Giveaway brought to you by:

The Toy Foundation (TTF) is a 501©3 children’s charity whose mission is to provide joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play. TTF serves children who are coping with serious illness, enduring temporary home placements in the foster care system, suffering from abuse or neglect, experiencing separation from a deployed military parent, or dealing with devastating natural disasters. To date, TTF’s signature program, The Toy Bank, has provided more than $200 million in toys to over 26 million children in need around the globe, thanks to its generous toy donors.

Kids for Peace, home to The Great Kindness Challenge, is a California-based global nonprofit that empowers kids to create peace through hands-on service, global friendships and thoughtful acts of kindness. Founded in 2006 by a mother and a Carlsbad High School honors student, Kids for Peace has now launched over 450 chapters on six continents. All Kids for Peace activities are based on the Peace Pledge, wise words written by children to inspire peace for all.