The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive is the largest toy drive in Nanaimo and has been in operation since 1983. Each year we work together with our community donors, volunteers, and business partners to help make Christmas a merry one for families in need. In additon to providing new, unwrapped toys and gifts, we also provide books, stocking stuffers, and stuffed animals for each child, and a game or puzzle for each family. The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive serves the communities of Nanaimo, Lantzville, Cedar, and Cassidy.

News & Updates!

Registration begins November 15 and is open until December 3, 2021. For details on hours and how to register, please see the Register page.   

Call for Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help sort toys, create Santa sacks, and hand out Santa sacks to recipients. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. 

We are always in need of toys and gifts for pre-teens and teens. Please see our Gift Ideas for suggestions.


Gift Ideas!

0-2 Years Old

3-5 Years Old

6-8 Years Old

9-12 Years Old

13-16 Years Old

Drop Off Locations

Donations of NEW unwrapped toys and gifts (we no longer accept used items) can be dropped off at any of our drop-off locations:

  • Woodgrove Centre (near Guest Services)
  • Nanaimo North Town Centre (near London Drugs)
  • Country Club Centre (near Shoppers Drug Mart)
  • Coastal Community Credit Union (all locations)
  • Save-on-Foods (all locations)
  • Nanaimo Firehalls (I, 2, 3 & 4)
  • The Port Theatre
  • Nanaimo Museum
  • Budget Self Storage (North Nanaimo)
  • Lucid (35 Commercial St)

Other Ways To Help

Get Involved

A Volunteer Driven Organization

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive depends on the valued efforts of our volunteers. You can help make a difference in the lives of children in our community. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering your time.



Donate to the Greater Nanaimo Toy Drive

Your generous contribution will help our team of elves purchase toys for children in our community.