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Help Over 75,000 Metro Children in Need with Toys for Tots Drive at Overland Park Convention Center


With over 75,000 area children in need this holiday season, the Overland Park Convention Center will serve as one of the largest area Toys for Tots donation sites through Dec. 16

 The Overland Park Convention Center will once again serve as one of the largest donation sites for the area Marine Corps League 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 through Dec. 16.

 Last year, the local Toys for Tots served over 54,000 less fortunate children in the greater Kansas City area. The need for toys is even greater this year with an estimated 75,000 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,” Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of the Overland Park Convention Center, said. “As the holidays approach, we look forward to playing an active role in supporting the children not only 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 Road—directional signage is provided.

 To learn more about the Overland Park Convention Center, please visit or call 913.339.3000. For more about the local Toys for Tots, visit

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

About Overland Park Convention Center

The award-winning Overland Park Convention Center opened in November of 2002 on a 26-acre site in the heart of Overland Park, the largest suburban city in the Kansas City metropolitan and the second-largest city in Kansas.  Adorned with over sixty original works of are and equipped with state-of-the-art communications systems, the 245,000 square floor complex features a 60,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall that connects to the 25,000 sq. ft. Edwin C. Eilert Ballroom and 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space. Natural light radiates throughout the unusually spacious (44,000 sq. ft.) pre-function and registration areas. Among the convention centers many awards, the most recent include: 2020 Best Small Convention Center in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2020 Top 20 Centers of Excellence in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2019 Best Convention Centers in North America, Business View Magazine; 2002 – 2020 Best Meeting & Conference Facility, Ingram’s Magazine; 2018 – 2020 Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations Magazine

 About Toys for Tots
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located.  In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines authorized Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign.  Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races, and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys forTots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.

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