Junior Service League took over a local annual toy drive in 1972, which they had been assisting with for many years. The toy drive originally started with 75-100 children on Nebo Mountain who desperately needed Christmas presents. In 2006, we provided gifts for 1,400 needy children all across Blount County. In 2007, the decision was made to change our program name from Toys for Tots to Toys for Blount County. Junior Service League chose to make this step to clarify to our donors, supporters, and sustaining members that every dollar raised and toy collected stays right here in our county to help those children in need. We provide gifts for newborns, tots, and children up to age 14. Toys for Blount County is a year long process that requires many hours and many hands to accomplish. We have partnered with the Empty Pantry Fund to deliver food and toys at Christmas.
Late summer/early fall, Toys for Blount County chairs shop for new toys. We are able to purchase quality age and gender specific toys at excellent prices through wholesale vendors to help extend the value of our hard earned dollars.
In November, we place canisters in local businesses to collect cash donations in which every penny goes to Toys for Blount County. Some businesses provide toy collection barrels for people to drop off new toys. New members work with schools to raise money, collect new toys and spread awareness of giving to those less fortunate. With the help of our Sustainer Members, our members also collect Personal Care Products, such as shampoo and soap for the older kids.
How to Donate New Toys:
We will have toy drives at various schools and businesses during the fall and winter. However, the best way to help us provide toys is through a monetary donation, as we are able to get lower prices than the general public through purchasing in bulk.