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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive

Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive

Hamden – The Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive is an annual Hamden tradition that has supported over 500 Hamden children and families in our communities through the holidays for over 15 years. 

The Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive is made possible through the collaboration of Hamden Community Services, Hamden Department of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Wellness, Hamden Police Department, Hamden Fire Department, Hamden’s Community Emergency Response Team, and many dedicated and extremely generous Hamden residents. 

The collection is for ages 0-12. Gift suggestions include dolls, trucks, Legos, movie passes, gift cards, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, ear buds, headphones, phone chargers, iTunes cards, nail polish, craft kits, and remote-control cars. 

Contributions can be made to the local Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive in several ways listed below. 

Toy Drive Collection Dates/Events/Locations:

Please come to the Hamden Mart Parking Lot on the dates and times listed below to drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift card donation for ages 0-12. This is a “drop and go” setup – you can stay in your vehicle and open your trunk! 

Saturday December 2nd
10AM-2PM
Hamden Mart Parking Lot, 2300 Dixwell Avenue
Skiff St. Entrance (Aldi’s Side)

Saturday December 9th
10AM-2PM
Hamden Mart Parking Lot, 2300 Dixwell Avenue
Skiff St. Entrance (Aldi’s Side)

Saturday December 16th
10AM-2PM
Hamden Mart Parking Lot, 2300 Dixwell Avenue
Skiff St. Entrance (Aldi’s Side)

Toy Drop Off Locations:

Toys can also be dropped off at a box in the lobby of one of the following official toy drop locations: 

Hamden Public Library
2901 Dixwell Avenue
Monday & Tuesday, 9:30AM-8:00PM
Wednesday, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday – Saturday, 9:30AM-5:00PM

Hamden Government Center
2750 Dixwell Avenue 
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Keefe Community Center 
11 Pine Street with parking at 19 George Street 
Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM

If you would like to donate toys, gift cards or monetary gifts directly to Keefe Community Center, please contact Community Services Program Specialist AnneMarie Karavas at 203-562-5129 ext. 1113 to schedule a drop off. 

Adopt A Family:

A more individualized way to participate in the Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive is through the Hamden Community Services “Adopt A Family” program.  By using wish-list style shopping guides provided by pre-registered families, you can provide a meaningful holiday experience to Hamden children and parents who would appreciate it immensely. 

To participate in the “Adopt A Family” program:

Private Toy Collections and Donations:

You may also choose to host a private Toy Drive event at your own home, office or other venue to collect gifts for the Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive. Please arrange to drop off all donations collected privately with Community Services Program Specialist AnneMarie Karavas, 203-562-5129 ext. 1113. 

Contact Information:

To participate in any of the local Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive options above, and for further information, please contact Community Services Program Specialist AnneMarie Karavas, at (203) 562-5129 ext. 1113 or by email at akaravas@hamden.com.

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