Southend Toy Drive

What is the Toy Drive?

It is an annual project set up by us to collect, organise, wrap and distribute Christmas presents to the vulnerable children of Southend-on-Sea who may not have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas like most others. Gifts are delivered to the local children’s centers, food banks, refuges and children's parties set up by local charities.

When did the Toy Drive start?

Since starting in 2014 the Toy Drive has been a huge success and continually grown in popularity. In 2014 we collected and distributed 300 gifts; in 2015 this number grew to 1100 gifts. 2016 we were able to provide 840 gifts, and in 2017 we gave our biggest donation to date, distributing 1552 gifts to local children.

How can I help?

If you would like to take part in this years Toy Drive, please bring your donations to the Civic Centre reception by December 15. Alternatively you can donate presents at Argosy Toys, 553 London Road, SS0 9LJ, where you can buy two presents and donate one to the Toy Drive. You can also donate directly from Amazon. Simply hit the donate button below, add the presents to your basket, and once you proceed to checkout, select the option to deliver to Southend-on-Sea Toy Drive.


What can you donate?

  • New toys only, suitable for babies, boys and girls aged up to 17 (if any toys require batteries, please include these too)
  • Vouchers for toys or days out
  • Selection packs
  • Pens, pencils and colouring books
  • Toiletry sets

If you have any questions, please call us on 01702 534923 or email our Toy Drive Elf using the button below.

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Page last updated: 20/11/2018