Due to the pandemic, we have made a lot of changes to this year’s Toys for Tots Drive in Southeast Minnesota. Here is what you need to know.
Toy Drive Run Dates: October 19th - November 30th
All toys and money collected in Southeast Minnesota stay in Southeast Minnesota.
Drive Thru Toy Drop Off date: November 28th, Fleet Farm Parking Lot in Rochester from 9a-1p.
Donation location registration cut off by Oct. 31st
Pickup quarantine time: All toys will be quarantined for a minimum of 1 week before they are sorted and another minimum one week before distribution.
Donations: Donations will look different this year. Due to limited volunteer availability, we will scale back donation locations targeting event-based donation sites and high traffic retail locations. We will also be adding an online shopping option for anyone that would like to still donate but might be in the high-risk category.
If a donation location plans on doing an event that will likely bring in more toys than usual or are offering and incentive to bring a toy in to their location, let us know and we will see if we can help promote and pick up toys.
Here is how to register your event: https://rochester-mn.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-event-form.aspx
Here is how to register to be a donation location: https://rochester-mn.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donate-toys.aspx
Support Local Business by online shopping and donation: New this year, supporters may make an online monetary donation at ABC Toy Zone. The staff at ABC Toy Zone will shop for you and make the donation. Here is the link to donate: https://abctoyzone.com/products/toys-for-tots-donation
Other online shopping options:
Walmart Event Registry: https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-events-registry-items?id=eef44bca-d649-46c3-a989-0506f4c06a31
Follow Toys for Tots on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Semntoysfortots/
During the 2019 SEMN Toys for Tots campaign 18,085 toys were raised benefiting 7,804 children in SE Minnesota.
• South East Minnesota Toys for Tots campaign covers Olmsted, Dodge, Winona, Wabasha, Houston and Fillmore counties.