Virtual Holiday Extravaganza for Toys for Tots – Giveaway – Closed

by Shannan on December 13, 2010

A few weeks ago, I was invited by some of my favorite Philly bloggers to join them in a fabulous fundraiser for Toys for Tots. Unfortunately, due to timing and logistics, I wasn’t able to join them at the Holiday Extravaganza on December 9th, but instead I, along with several other fabulous bloggers, was given the opportunity to share a virtual version of the celebration with all of you!

On Thursday evening , Chester County Moms Holiday Extravaganza event collected more than 1300 toys for their local Toys for Tots program. That’s 450 children who will have gifts on Christmas day! Today we’re taking the campaign to a national level by sharing with you a bit about Toys for Tots.

The Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign and Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.

I’m sure you’ve seen the Toys for Tots collection bins placed in local area stores or heard about events to raise money and gifts for this organization. Dropping off toys at a donation center isn’t the only way to support this fantastic cause, you can also donate online, as well. Visit http://toysfortots.org/donate/default.asp to see the many ways that you can donate or to find local toy drop offs for your area.

As a part of the Virtual Holiday Extravaganza event, I am able to give away some fantastic prizes from several great sponsors to my readers. Let the fun begin!

THREE lucky winners will walk away with one of the following prizes.

Playmobil Firestation – retail value $74.99

AboutOne membership – One year’s subscription to their online family management system. Want to try it out? Check out the site for a 15 day free trial.

Backyard Safari Outfitters prize pack – Cargo Vest, Field Binos, Mega View Periscope, Bug Vacuum, Adventurer Kit Approximate Retail Value is $91.95

To enter to win, leave me a comment telling me a little something about your own experiences or thoughts about Toys for Tots.

Want some extra entries? Tweet about the giveaway and come back and leave me a another comment! (no more than 2 per day)

Giveaway will end on 12/17 at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be selected by Random.org and notified by email. Winners have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

*Please note – we cannot guarantee holiday delivery of prizes for this giveaway.

As a member of the Holiday Extravaganza Digital Campaign, this post has been sponsored by Playmobil. I have received samples of all of the products and the companies are sending them to our winners, with the exception of Playmobil which I will be shipping upon address confirmation.

{ 93 comments }

1 Yum Yucky December 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

My lack of experience says I need to GET some experience with the program. As a mom of four, it pains me to know some kids will be waking up with virtually zero for Christmas. I need to get bemore involved, and so can my own kids. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I’ll check out that link!
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2 Adrienne Gordon December 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm

we donate to them every year, very good cause and it teaches our kids to give.

3 SuZ December 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I’ve donated to Toys for Tots before… gotta love Marines. :)

I wish I could do more, but with these hard times it’s hard enough to find money for toys for my own daughters….
.-= SuZ´s last blog ..Review- KitchenAid Stand Mixer &amp CookingCom =-.

4 Molomatic December 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I love to buy toys on sale through out the year (I start with the after Christmas toy clearance sales). Then I donate them to toy drives during the holidays. I have a couple of bags full of toys that I’m going to drop off. I love Toys for Tots.

Thanks for the amazing giveaway. My daughter loves, loves, loves Playmobil toys.

5 Molomatic December 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm
6 nickie December 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm

we donate to them every year, very good cause and it teaches my son that there others out there that need help.

nickieisis3atgmail.com

7 nickie December 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm
8 nickie December 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm
9 Shannon Baas December 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I think it is a great idea.

10 tiffany lane December 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I think its a great organization. I have seen it benefit kids with my own eyes…

11 Ellen C. December 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

We give gifts every year to the toys for tots. I hate to think of a child waking up on Christmas with nothing to open.

12 Stephanie V. December 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

such a wonderful organization — I’m fighting cancer and it is a tough christmas for us this year but I know there are always people who have it harder. my little boy would love the Playmobil Firestation.
tvollowitz at aol dot com

13 Jill L December 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I think they are wonderful. I have never donated as I pick children from the giving tree at church, but I think it’s a great.

14 Jill L December 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm
15 Molomatic December 13, 2010 at 11:53 pm

2nd DT, thanks for the fun giveaway!

http://twitter.com/#!/Molomatic/status/14528178445885441

16 LUCINDA HABEL December 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

Toys For Tots is a wonderful organization. I have personally never received gifts for my kids from them, we have been blessed and have always been able to provide for our own. We do donate every year, my kids go with us and each pick out a toy to give to Toys For Tots. I believe it is a wonderful organization and a good way to teach kids about helping out with others.
katiesmommy1 at gmail dot com

17 LUCINDA HABEL December 14, 2010 at 12:27 am
18 Sam December 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

We give yearly to Toys for Tots, what a great organization!

19 CARRIE L December 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

I love Toys for Tots! I start shopping for toys back in July, with them in mind. Seeing the look on a retired Marines face, makes it even more worth it!!

20 CARRIE L December 14, 2010 at 11:13 am

I also tweeted!!

21 Kelly December 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

Toys for Tots is a great organization, which I am proud to donate during the holidays.

22 Brenda December 14, 2010 at 11:36 am

Love toys for tots and what they do every year for kids!!

23 Brittany December 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

I love Toys for Tots organization. It is so important to teach our children about the true meaning of Christmas!

24 Linda December 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I think Toys for Tots is a good program, our local TV Station has collected toys every year and we usually donate toys there.

25 Mary December 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Toys for Tots is such a great organization — very well run! Have seen the expressions on kids faces when they get one of the gifts — precious! :)

26 Molomatic December 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm
27 Jenn December 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I love this time of year. Its my feel good about brightening someone else’s day time. I thankfully never went with out toys or food for that matter and the thought of kids ,families really anyone having to go with out breaks my heart. I have been known to bring stray friends/families to our family Holidays. But it really makes for a better world and a great day!

28 Cheryl December 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I love how easy Toys for Tots makes it to get toys into the hands of kids who might otherwise go without.

29 Lori December 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm

We donate every year. The boys enjoy picking out the toys and always go for cars and trucks :)

30 nickie December 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm
31 nickie December 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm
32 KateMabe December 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I think TOYS-for-TOTS is a wonderful program! As a mom, I can only imagine how heartbreaking it would be to not be able to provide your children with the joyous and magical opportunity of waking up on Christmas morning to find toys from Santa. As children, it must be equally hard to hear peers talk about their gifts from Santa, when you yourself did not receive any! Toys-for-Tots helps families avoid these heartbreaking moments! Thank goodness! My husband’s workplace is actively involved in the Toys-for-Tots, and he participates and contributes every year! Every child should be able to wake up to gifts from Santa on Christmas morning – than you Toys-for-Tots for making this happen!

33 Stefanie Schrampf December 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

At the Holiday Extravaganza, I was truly inspired by the men who donate their time to this cause. These marines put a lot of time into collecting the toys and I never really thought about this before. They are my heroes this Christmas season.

34 Amy DePaul December 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I was lucky enough to attend the Chester County Moms Holiday Extravaganza this year…and donated toys there as well as other toys for tots locations…what a great cause! We also adopt a family at my daughter’s school…and we just finished shopping for the little boy we were assigned and hope he enjoys all the toys we got him!

35 Molomatic December 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

2nd daily tweet, thanks! That Playmobil Firestation is so fabulous! :-)

http://twitter.com/#!/Molomatic/status/14898252935593985

36 Molomatic December 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm
37 nickie December 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm
38 melissa December 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

my son would love that firehouse!

i’m a HUGE fan of toys for tots – my neighbor is a retired marine, so it is close to my heart. he is very involved — and it is SO great for the kids. at their ages, giving away a toy has more meaning that giving away money, you know what i mean?
.-= melissa´s last blog ..brand love- reebok easytone =-.

39 nickie December 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm
40 Suzie December 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Toys for Tots is a wonderful program. I was thrilled to teach my 4 year daughter about giving when we bought toys for the toy drive this year. What a great lesson to learn during the holiday season!

41 Brett December 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I like how our local radio stations always get involved with Toys for Tots and offer giveaways to listeners who come by and bring donations. Makes me feel good about our local involvement.

42 evelyn December 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Playmobil has the most creative toys. I just saw a space station I’d love to get for my son

43 Molomatic December 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

2nd tweet, 12/15. Thanks and happy holidays!

http://twitter.com/#!/Molomatic/status/15192955350421506

44 Crystal December 16, 2010 at 4:57 am

I think Toys for Tots is a wonderful program….I hate to think of any child left out of the Christmas holiday due to financial issues or any other issue….this at least helps some of those children still be able to be just that – a child….

Thanks!

crystal@averyjamesphotography.com
.-= Crystal´s last blog ..Adventures of Making a Gingerbread House =-.

45 Kristi C December 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

Toys for Tots is a great program that my family donates to every year.

46 tess December 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

toys for tots- its a great program and i like to donate to it- can you imagine your child not getting anything for x-mas- how sad…..some need help.
tcogbill at live dot com

47 Jen December 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

I used to manage a toys r us and around christmas time the troops would come and actually ahve a few thousand dollars to spend, we would give them carts then let them park them in a designated area, then I would have to check out about a billion toys while they loaded their truck. They had a great time doing it and it warmed my heart knowing all those toys went to those in need.

48 Kristine (Mommy Needs Therapy) December 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

My 3yo and I just met the Bucks County coordinator, Kevin Miller, to drop off a box of toys. It was very interesting trying to explain to Kiel what we were doing and why. He was a little sad about giving up the toys, and he had a hard time understanding that some children don’t have toys like he does. What a great thing to start teaching him though, that we are very fortunate. As a mom I know how lucky we are and how easily it could turn and be us needing this help.
.-= Kristine (Mommy Needs Therapy)´s last blog .. =-.

49 Ana December 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

We donate to them every year as well. My kids love to go shopping with me and picking toys for kids that don’t have any…and wrapping them..

50 Molomatic December 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm
51 nickie December 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm
52 nickie December 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm
53 SaraR December 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm

This will be our first year donating to TFT. My girls just helped me pick out a gift they thought another child would like.

54 Paula Hafner December 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I think it’s a great program except I would like to see them screen more. I’ve seen people online bragging about getting toys and then putting them up for sale or other ways they’ve scammed them.We still like them, though, and have donated many times.

55 Ellie W December 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

We always let each kid buy a toy to drop off at a Toys For Tots location. I want to teach my kids to give back and to help those less fortunate.
Thanks for the giveaway!
eswright18 at gmail dot com

56 Ellie W December 17, 2010 at 1:38 am
57 Alissa December 17, 2010 at 2:46 am

I love how easy it is to donate to Toys For Tots. Drop-off sites in easy-to-reach locations. No wrapping necessary. Love it. I shop the clearance sales throughout the year and donate them to Toys for Tots.
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58 Angelene December 17, 2010 at 3:54 am

We donate toys every year to toys for tots, my kids look forward to picking out the gifts every year.

59 Angelene December 17, 2010 at 3:55 am
60 susanmeep December 17, 2010 at 6:51 am

I love to donate to toys for tots, it is a great cause, And I have fun shopping for the toys. suelee1998@ gmail.com

61 Anne December 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love toys for tots. We have a bunch of toys to drop off this week, and it is so convienent that there are so many drop off locations.

62 Molomatic December 17, 2010 at 11:06 am
63 Tracey Byram December 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

I’ve been donating to Toys For Tots for the past 25 years. I used Toys For Tots one lean year and have returned the kindness every year since.

64 Katie December 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I think it is a wonderful cause. Every kid should get to have fun with their very own toys.

65 Lisa December 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

We have always donated to Toys for tots. Since we are military we have often he;ped in one form or anther getting the toys to the children. We love it and its been a blessing to know lots of kids will have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

66 cindy December 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

i love toys for tots, we donate toys and think it is a really great thing.

every year there is a street near us that bikers ride down, its a huge group in honor of toys for tots.

67 Stephanie Cobb December 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I love the toys for tots program as I like many feel every child should wake up to a gift on Christmas morning!
sunni08 at gmail dot com

68 nickie December 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm
69 nickie December 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

dt2:

http://twitter.com/NICKIEISIS3/status/15866467614457856

I hope I win my son would love the playmobil!

70 roo December 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I love Toys for Tots. I take my kids (6 and 3) each year to pick something out for a child their age. Great program!
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71 roo December 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm
72 Angela England (@AngEngland) December 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

In college we did a Christmas party at the BCM (BSU) and brought presents for some of the local kids. Usually there were only a few of us students for the party, but I loved serving the local families and handing out toys for the kids. Lego kits, dolls and baseball sets seemed to be perennial favorites.
.-= Angela England (@AngEngland)´s last blog ..Christmas Specials on TV in 2010 – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas =-.

73 Teegan Briggs December 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I think Toys for Tots is an amazing organization, I donate a few toys to them every year!

74 Cristi December 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

It’s a great program and it is great to see that they donate so much to those in need.

75 Molomatic December 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s nice comments about Toys for Tots! Here’s my last daily tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/Molomatic/status/15896261001478145

Thanks again. Now I’m going to cross all of my fingers and toes in hopes of winning the Playmobil Firestation!

76 chris December 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

When my kids were young, I never even gave a thought to Toys for Tots. But now that I have grandkids and see the world differently, it’s quite a new experience. I’m trying to give back to those that might not have had such a lucky life as I did. Toys for Tots is just one way to do that.

77 amy d December 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

i love toys for tots.just a generous thing
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

78 Amber Porter December 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Toys for Tots is a great program and does help many people, but yes in this bad economy I’m sure less is donated.
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

79 Amber Porter December 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

tweeted
http://twitter.com/skipthelaundry/status/15954203289583617
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

80 AutumH December 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

We’ve donated here and there to Toys for tots, not as often as I feel we should and were able to though. It’s sad to think of anyone; let alone children waking up Christmas morning without even a small gift waiting for them. For children it’s the excitement and joy and the belief that something good is waiting for them and to help give them that even in the smallest way is very important.

81 Viva December 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I have donated in the past and it’s such a great program. Thanks!

82 carol y December 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Toys for Tots is such a kind and caring idea that everyone should try to donate to them. It doesn;t take much to make a child feel they are loved and cared for.

83 carol y December 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm
84 tina reynolds December 17, 2010 at 11:21 pm

We try and donate to toys for tots every year sometimes it is really is tight, but we try are best. It breaks my heart to think of kids broken hearts. My parents got assistance a few times for my brother and I as kids and it meant so much someone cared to help us eaglesforjack@gmail.com

85 Sarah L December 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I love Toys for Tots!! Every year we donate a carfull of toys we’ve gotten throughout the year on clearence, and etc. It makes me happy to know that our actions affect so many in a positive way!

86 tina reynolds December 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm
87 Kristie December 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I just recently learned more about Toys for Tots and where we could donate. It’s something that I’d like to do more in the future! :-)
.-= Kristie´s last blog ..TV Time =-.

88 Christine December 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm

donate every year- there but for the grace of God

89 megan December 18, 2010 at 12:24 am

We donate every year, but this year my son’s class chose Toys For Tots as their class philanthropy project. He had a great time choosing gifts for the class box!

90 Lesley M. December 18, 2010 at 12:27 am

I shop (or should I say stockpile!) toys for Toys for Tots all year round. That way, it’s not as much of a financial burden to buy a lot of toys just at Christmastime. Sometimes, I’ll ask a store manager if they’ll give me a discount for buying in bulk, and one time I was able to donate a bunch of dump trucks that were on clearance!

91 Shane R. December 18, 2010 at 12:29 am

Toys for Tots not only helps those in need, but helps children learn how to give to others. Every child should learn how it feels to give away a toy they would like to have themself.

92 vivian December 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

donate to toys for tots ty.

93 Chrysa December 18, 2010 at 12:57 am

I like to buy toys on sale during the year and save them to donate at Christmas

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