Central Ohio Holiday Toy Drives

Melissa Kossler Dutton

If you’d like to help your family realize the power of giving this holiday season, numerous local charities are collecting toys and clothing for children in need.

Teaching children to give back helps them develop compassion and gratitude, according to experts at CHOC Children’s, which operates two pediatric hospitals in Orange County, California. The act of giving has numerous benefits, such as helping kids see that one person can make a difference. It also promotes tolerance and understanding, according to a CHOC article, “The Rewards of Giving Back.”

Parents should model charitable behavior and also help children understand that good deeds are done without an expectation of something in return, according to experts at Argosy University in Atlanta. (See their blog post at argosy.edu/our-community/blog/setting-examples-and-teaching-kids-to-give-back.)

For more information on the topic, go to schoolreportonline.com/help-choosing-school/why-its-important-to-teach-our-children-how-to-help-others.

Feeling inspired to help Central Ohioans? Here’s a list of local toy collections, both one-day and ongoing efforts:

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The hospital will hold a drop-off drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Outpatient Care Center, 555 S. 18th St., Columbus. Donations also can be dropped off during business hours until noon Dec. 21.


Toys for Tots

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and ABC6/FOX28 will collect toys from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the TV studio, 1261 Dublin Road, Columbus. Toys also can be dropped off at any KEMBA Financial Credit Union or Advanced Wellness Center, 1351 King Ave., Columbus.


The Big 10TV Toy Drive

WBNS-10TV partners with several local organizations to provide toys to the Salvation Army of Central Ohio’s Christmas Cheer program. Donations can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the studio, 770 Twin Rivers Drive, Columbus, or at the Dec. 8 Columbus Blue Jackets game.


FireFighters 4 Kids

Local firefighters partner with NBC4 and corporate donors on this annual effort. A drop-off collection will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at NBC4 studios, 3165 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 24 at any Franklin County fire station or a CME Federal Credit Union branch.


Franklin County Children Services

Donors are needed to participate in the Holiday Wish program, which provides gifts to more than 6,000 children annually.


The Salvation Army in Central Ohio

Help with toy drives, volunteer to man a kettle or participate in other holiday-related initiatives.