Santas Anonymous is in Desperate Need

Santas Anonymous here in Edmonton has reached critically low levels of toys this year thanks to donations being the lowest in 10 years! I know we are just pulling out of the recession, but there are a lot of us who are fortunate enough still and can take time to make sure that every child has a present to open Christmas morning.

This is something we have donated to every year for as long as I can remember, picking up an extra toy “from” each of my children while shopping for said children is the easiest thing ever.

If everyone who lives in Edmonton and reads my blog donated something from the wishlist below, we could help make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas.  If you read this and donate, please leave a comment to spur others on to do the same!

No child should ever have to wake up Christmas morning to an empty stocking and a bare space under their Christmas tree. The magical ages of wonder and believing in Santa only last so long, let’s help these children keep the magic in their lives just that little bit longer.

Drop off site are listed here.

As a side note, I had called them and they also take new, unopened children’s movies. I had a stack of them from the Super Mom website so they went to Santas Anonymous instead of the Stollery this run.

From the website:

Santas Wish List:

Regular volunteers say this is the slowest year for donations in over 10 years.

  • toys for all age groups (infants to 12 years)
    • especially for infants and 1 year olds
    • especially for 11 and 12 year old boys and girls
  • books for all age groups (infants to age 12)
    • soft books for infants
    • chapter or puzzle books for children 9 to 12 years
  • AAA and AA batteries

We serve children from infant to 12 years of age. Look for age recommendations on toys: although some age restrictions are simply warnings about small parts (3 and up), it can be a good guide.  If you are unsure check with a store associate for suggestions

“Play value” is very important in our toys and simply means the toy itself does not have to be the most expensive one on the market but has lots of workable parts, is interactive, and will provide the child with hours of blissful entertainment .

We are often short of items for infants to 2 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds (see below for suggestions).

INFANT

  • cloth books
  • soft dolls
  • rattle
  • teething rings
  • play mat
  • musical toys
  • shape stacker
1 & 2 YEARS

  • board books
  • large stacking blocks
  • age appropriate plush
  • puzzles under 16 pieces
  • plastic truck
  • Little People and Sesame Street toys
9 & 10 YEARS

  • chapter books
  • puzzles with 100 to 300 pieces
  • board games
  • backpacks
  • shoulder bags
  • bead sets (intricate)
  • sports balls (inflated)
  • Lego and K’Nex (more complex)
11 & 12 YEARS

  • chapter books
  • puzzles with 300 to 500 pieces
  • craft set
  • science set
  • board games
  • watches
  • fashion jewelry (no pierced earrings)
  • Bionacle Lego

Additions
We make every effort to have toys “immediately playable” on Christmas morning, therefore we always need:

  • Barbie Clothes
  • Hot Wheels Cars
  • Colouring and Activity Books
  • Crayons, Pencil Crayons and Felts
  • Books (from cloth for infants to novels for 12 year olds and everything in between)
  • Alkaline Batteries (especially AA, AAA & C )

If you purchase an item that needs accessories please try to include them with it. For example send batteries with battery operated toys, extra clothes with a barbie, CD with a CD player.

Please Do Not Send
We want to ensure that every toy that is sent out is new, safe, appropriate, in perfect condition, and is as special as we know the children are. In that spirit we do not wrap the following:

  • Food (candy, cookies, etc)- due to possible food allergies (except:Easy Bake Oven packets)
  • Used Items- We provide new toys only, helping children to maintain their dignity and self respect
  • Makeup and bath products – due to allergies and possible household rules
  • Items for adults and teens – we only serve children up to age 12
  • Clothing- we provide new toys only
  • Fragile items (glass, porcelain or china)- Fragile items may not survive the wrapping, stacking and delivering process
  • Dangerous Toys – woodburning sets, kits with scalpals, adult supervision required
  • Realistic weapons – knives, swords, guns (except Nerf dart guns, etc)
  • Poor quality plush animals- Some of the plush commonly found in machines or at local fairs, are of poor construction and contain dangerous parts that could potentially harm a child. (Does it say “This is NOT a toy”, or are there any wires that poke out, loose eyeballs, or extremely hard heads? When you tug on the seams does stuffing come out?)
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