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Frequently Asked Questions

Read below to find out everything you need to know about this year's Toy Drive!

What is Christmas for the Kids?

Every year, Nola Families in Need hosts a Toy Drive where volunteers come together to collect, organize, and label the hundreds of gifts that are brought to the event, the gifts purchased by all of our gracious sponsors, and also those collected by local businesses! The event is family friendly and fun for all ages. 

Where can I drop off a gift?

You can drop off gifts at Nola Families in Need or one of our many drop-off locations throughout the city. The Nola Families in Need Headquarters will be accepting gift donations during business hours until the week before the event (12/10/2023). We are located at 128 Colby Street in Metairie. Drop off boxes will also be placed at many local businesses. See below for a full list of participating locations.

How can I nominate a family in-need?

If you know a family struggling to put gifts under the tree this year, use the button on our homepage to submit a nomination. Please fill out the form accordingly to ensure your family's request. Our delivery team will contact the family no later than December 20th if they've been selected. Please understand that while all applications are considered, not all will be accepted. All nominations will remain anonymous. 

I need gifts for my kids, how can I get them?

All in-need families must be nominated by a third-party. No self-nominations will be accepted. 

Where do the leftover toys go?

After the toys are sorted and distrubited into gift bags for the Families In-Need, the remaining toys and gifts are donated to local charities, group homes, and Head Start schools. 

How do the families get the toys?

Gift bags are hand-delivered by NOLA Families in Need volunteers the week before Christmas. Volunteers will reach out ahead of time to coordinate a drop-off time. Gifts will be delivered to the address provided on the nomination form. 

Do I pick up toys at the event?

The event is NOT a toy giveaway, No toys will be given out to families at the event.

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