The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive 38th Season, 2020

The Toy drive is attempting to have a Toy Drive in 2020 following the Covid-19 guidelines.

We will be providing gifts and books to over 1200 children this year. Parents will not have the same experience as previous years in picking out the gift for your child but that should return next year.

The Toy Drive board of directors is working to find a way to offer parents
presents for their children this year.

This year volunteers will be filling Christmas ‘stockings’ for families,
as we are unable to have parents select presents given the pandemic.

The directors need your help right now in the following ways.

1. Groups of people – pods- of 10 people, who are in each other’s
bubble who can volunteer 3 -4 hours to sort/select toys for families.
Again for two weeks in December.

The Toy Drive cannot accept used toys or house hold items this year. We are also not going to be accepting stuffed animals this year. Hold those teddy bears until next year.

The parents will be registering their children for the toy drive by phone. Numbers will be provided as soon as we can. We are looking to see if one of the telephone companies can help us with some cell phones for this job.

Our volunteers will be filling a bag of appropriate aged toys for each child and the parent will be handed the bag at distribution. Covid-19 will not allow us to have over 600 families in an enclosed space picking out toys. We must keep our volunteers and families safe so for this year parents will not be able to choose.

You can 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