The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive 37th Season, 2019

The Toy drive kicked off their 37th season at Woodgrove Centre on Thursday, November 14th, 2019.

We will be providing gifts, books and games to over 1200 children this year. Once again we ask Nanaimo to help bring a little happiness to children from newborn to age 16.

The toy drive will be held at Applecross Home Center, 6421 Applecross Rd, just behind Ricky’s Grill. The Toy Drive entrance is via the Northwest doors on the side of the building facing Lordco.


The distribution will be on Monday December 16 and Tuesday December 17, 2019.

The Toy Drive works with many organizations and businesses to make this happen but we depend on the generosity of the people in Nanaimo to make donations of new, unwrapped toys at one of the many drop off location in the city.

Gently used toys are also distributed at the Toy Drive so if you are looking to clean out those toys that your children no longer use, we would be happy to pass them forward.

You can also donate cash through “Canada Helps” or directly and we will use it to purchase toys or help with running the Toy Drive.



Toy Drive Board Needs Volunteers

On top of all the volunteers that help sort and distribute the gifts there are a number of volunteers that make all this possible. This is the board of directors and the committee chairs and helpers.

Many people have retired from the board and more are ready to leave after having served for many years on the board or on committees. We need new people to help if the Toy Drive is to continue into the future.

  • The board meets 5 to 6 times a year in 1 hour meetings and volunteers are not always required to go.
  • The committee chairs often attend on the last 3 meeting as that is when they are needed.
  • The helpers such a toy purchasers, event coordinators, advertising, etc, are busy as needed throughout the year but normally on their schedule and not at specific hours.

 There is a list and description of various jobs on volunteers page and if you have some time, like to help others and want to help us please contact any board member or fill out a volunteer form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

In specific we are looking for the following as soon as possible:

  • Treasurer
  • Publicity Director
  • Committee Chairs

The Board of Director for The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive