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Help over 53,000 area children in need with Toys for Tots at the Overland Park Convention Center

 

With over 53,000 area children in need this holiday season, Overland Park Convention Center will serve as the largest area Toys for Tots donation site through Dec. 16

 

Overland Park, Kan. (Nov. 1, 2021)—The Overland Park Convention Center will once again serve as the largest donation site for the area Marine Corps, Toys for Tots drive. To donate, guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation and drop it off at the convention center now through Dec. 16.

 Last year, the local Toys for Tots served over 34,000 less fortunate children in the greater Kansas City area. The need for toys is even greater this year with an estimated 53,000 children in need during the holiday season.

 “It’s been an extremely tough year for everyone, but we know it will be even harder for the families who rely on Toys for Tots to bring joy to their holiday season,” said Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of the Overland Park Convention Center. “As the holidays approach, we look forward to playing an active role in supporting the children not only in our local community, but the entire metropolitan region. We hope to see any community members who are able to participate, join us in collecting toys this year.”

 Toys for Tots assists children up to age 16. Items to consider for pre-teens and teens include, but are not limited to, sporting equipment, bags, balls, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars and trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.

 The Overland Park Convention Center will be open for public donations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to COVID-19, guests are asked to drop items off at the security entrance located on the east side of the convention center off Woodson Rd.—directional signage is provided.

 The Marine Corps collects and donates toys directly to affiliated 501(c)3 organizations and does not sign up individual families for assistance. Families in need of holiday assistance can call 211 for placement.

To learn more about the Overland Park Convention Center, please visit opconventioncenter.com/toys-for-tots or call 913.339.3000. For more about the local Toys for Tots, visit kansas-city-mo.toysfortots.org/.

 Overland Park Convention Center: 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS, 66211




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