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Toys for Tots weekend events around York

Alyssa Pressler

A number of events to accept donations for Toys for Tots will be held this upcoming weekend.

Toys for Tots is a national organization that collects donations for young children in need during the holiday season. Low-income families and other children in need might not receive many or any presents during the holidays. The program was founded by the U.S. Marine Corps and collects donations during October, November and December each year.

On-air personality Bobby D, of the 96.1 FM  WSOX Wake Up Crew, waves at passing cars during the first day of the second annual Toys for Tots Santa D fundraiser on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge on Route 462 in Columbia, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. This year's goal is to gather 5,000 toys in five days. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Toys donated should be new and unwrapped. The York County Toys for Tots website also states that gifts resembling realistic weapons or that have food attached will not be distributed.

The York Toys for Tots Local Community Organization is one of 800 groups of volunteers that support Toys for Tots with different drives and events. They have worked with businesses and organizations to coordinate the events this weekend.

Below is a list of events for this weekend in York County.


  • An outreach event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toys R Us, 1410 Kenneth Road. Toy and cash donations will be accepted, and information for families in need will be available. 
  • A movie and collection event will be hosted at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard, 885 E. Main St., Dallastown. "Elf" will be shown at 1 p.m. for those interested in attending. 
  • Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13 will host a free screening of "The Polar Express" at 10 a.m. with the donation of a toy. The theater is located at 2067 Springwood Road. 
  • Crystal Ball Brewing Co., 1612 W. King St., West York, will collect toys during its third annual Donation Day from noon to 10 p.m. 
  • Apple Nissan, 1510 Whiteford Road, will be participating in a nationwide "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" promotional event Saturday and Sunday. During the event, donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted. 


  • The York Local Community Organization will host a bingo party at 12:30 p.m. to collect toys and raise funds at the Emigsville Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St. Advance tickets are available for $5. Tickets at the door are $15.