How to donate to local toy drives in Gilbert ahead of the holidays

Unwrapped toys
Unwrapped toys are being accepted at toy drives in Gilbert. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Unwrapped toys are being accepted at toy drives in Gilbert. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert residents looking to give back to the community can donated to two different toy drives ahead of the holiday season.

Gilbert Police

The Gilbert Police Department is collecting toys and gift cards for their annual Blue Line of Love Holiday Drive.

Donations will be collected through Dec. 15 and will benefit families in need.

Items being collected include:

  • new and unwrapped toys;

  • gift cards to any retail, restaurant, or grocery stores;

  • gift wrapping supplies (tape, bows, gift wrap);

  • new household and hygiene items, including laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair products, razors, etc.

Gift cards must be dropped off at the red drive-up locked box located outside the Gilbert Police Department at 75. E Civic Center Drive.

Drop-off locations for other items include:

  • Gilbert Police Department, 75 E Civic Center Drive, Gilbert;

  • San Tan Substation, 2332 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert;

  • P & A Auto Repair, 721 N Monterey St, Ste. 103, Gilbert;

  • Southeast Regional Library, 775 N,. Greenfield Rd, Gilbert;

  • Freestone Recreation Center, 1141 E Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert.

U.S. Army

The Gilbert Army Recruiting Office, along with community partners, is collecting unwrapped presents for the Child Crisis Arizona center through Dec. 14.

Toys can be dropped off at the U.S. Army Office, 2335 S. Lindsay Road, Ste. 105, Gilbert.

Additionally, donations can be made to Questions can be directed to [email protected].
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.