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!

This is the last week for registration for the Christmas 2022 toy drive. Until December 2, our volunteers will be at Loaves and Fishes food bank locations. We will also be taking registration over the phone one last day on December 3 from 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm. Please see our Register page for more details.

Please call us at 250-933-3439 to register. 

Gift Ideas!

0-2 Years Old

3-5 Years Old

6-8 Years Old

9-12 Years Old

13-17 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 until December 14, 2022:

  • 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 Fire Stations (I, 2, 3 & 4)
  • The Port Theatre
  • Nanaimo Museum
  • Budget Self Storage (North Nanaimo)
  • Lucid (35 Commercial St)
  • Pomme Natural Market 
  • Sun Valley Pools and Spas (2520 Bowen Rd)
  • Chateau Wolff Estate (2534 Maxey Rd) 
  • Dropzone Games (2520 Bowen Rd)

*Collections continue until Christmas at these locations


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.