HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS FROM YOUR SPARKY’S TOY DRIVE 2016 TEAM
We prepare bags of new toys and other items for children up to 14 years of age. Each bag has an approximate value of $80.00. The price varies because of the donations we receive. The vast majority of donated items are for children aged 3 to 8 years old. We try to maintain program integrity by packing similar items in each bag. For example a 5/6 girl bag will contain: A baby doll, a Barbie doll, craft set, board game, book, stuffed animal, socks, hat/gloves/scarf and “stocking stuffers”. We pack the bags carefully so that each bag has similar quality and value.
In order to ﬁll all age categories we have to purchase large quantities of items using donated money from fundraising, corporations and the generosity of our citizens. We shop all year long looking for the best deals and sales. Remember there are no paid positions; everything is done by a group of dedicated and caring volunteers.
To best meet the needs of our program we really like to receive toys that are valued no more than $20.00 or $25.00. This allows us to provide more items to each child. Below is a list of suggestions which you can use to determine how best to help us meet our goal. We expect to register over 3000 children again this year.
One and Two Years: blocks (Duplo), Little People, trucks, baby dolls(soft), board books, pull toys, musical toys, wood puzzles, winter wear (no coats)
Three and Four Years: Tonka, trucks, cars, blocks, 24 piece puzzles, simple Barbies, craft sets, play dishes, tool kits, winter wear (no coats), books, Dora & Diego items, dinosaurs, baby dolls, simple colouring books/ 8 crayons, My Little Pony, board games (Candy Land, Hungry Hippos, Gone Fishing,…)
Five and Six Years: trucks, cars, blocks, craft sets, Playdoh, books, 48 piece puzzles, Barbies, Nerf small sport balls, winter wear (no coats), socks, pyjamas, more detailed colouring books/16 or 24 crayons, board games (Chutes & Ladders)
Seven and Eight Years: remote cars, LEGO, Barbie Fashionista, pyjamas, 100 piece puzzles, Nerf football/soccer, craft sets, hair “stuff”, art kits (markers, paints), books, Sketch pads, winter wear (no coats), board games (Connect Four, Operation, checkers) Action ﬁgures, Hot Wheels cars and sets
Nine and Ten Years: Monster High dolls, craft sets, hair “stuff”, pyjama pants, cuddly or slipper socks,simple jewelry, Nerf Blasters, LEGO sets, Bionicle blocks, remote cars, books, winter wear (no coats) board games (chess, Battleship, Jenga, Game of Life, Apples, Yahtzee), journals, pens/markers/ art paper, sport balls
Eleven to Fourteen Years: Gift cards (maximum value of $25.00) to Cineplex Movies, Devonshire Mall clothing stores teens would shop at, Subway, Tim Hortons; craft sets, pyjama pants, toiletries such as shower gel, body wash (AXE for boys), toothbrushes, lip gloss, (no makeup) jewelry, winter wear (no coats), books, wallets, small umbrellas, socks
WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY (Jackie, Ken, Sean, Bob, Rob and a crew of dedicated volunteers and ﬁreﬁghters)