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Gelson's Announces 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive


Gelson’s is proud to announce that it will hold its third-annual holiday toy drive across all of its 26 locations, from November 28 through December 8.

Returning toy drive partner organizations include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Ronald McDonald House/Long Beach, and Toys for Tots, joined by two additional partners, the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

The initial toy drive that started in 2015, was spurred by a Gelson’s employee whose son was seriously ill and has since regained his health.

At the end of the toy drive, Gelson's employees will visit several children’s hospitals to hand out toys, and other partners will pick up the toys directly.

Our legacy remains the same. “It is essential to our founding mission – and the original vision of brothers Bernie and Eugene Gelson – to give back to the communities that we serve,” said Gelson’s President & CEO Rob McDougall. “We look forward to working with our local nonprofit partners, and our customers, in helping make the holiday season better for families across Southern California and beyond.”

New and unwrapped toys for infants, children and adolescents will be collected. Gelson’s is only accepting NEW and UNWRAPPED gifts.

Suggestions include:

  • Infants to Age 5 – Rattles, Interactive crib toys/musicals, soft baby dolls, building blocks, balls, toys, educational books, educational toys, and bubbles.
  • Age 6 to Age 13 – Toys, playdoh, crafts, art supplies, colors, coloring books, toys, Super hero action figures, Hello Kitty items, bubbles, cars, dinosaurs, dolls, and Barbie’s.
  • Age 13 to Age 18 – Board games, make-up, nail polishes, LA Sports Team Sports Swag, Bath & Body Works sets for older girls, CD’s, Mp3 players, wallets, sport balls, white artist paper, markers, video games, and purses.
  • All Ages – Socks, slippers, hats, beanies, PJ’s, Gift cards, Movies, books, back packs/sports bags, blankets, and clothing.

Here is a list of items that Gelson’s cannot accept:

  • Stuffed toys or toys with small pellets or beans.
  • Toys should be sturdy and free of any parts which may pinch.
  • Please avoid toys which can break easily and leave sharp edges. (i.e. made of glass or brittle plastic)
  • Toys that are designed to promote aggressive behaviors (e.g. toy weapons of any kind nor violent video games or movies).

Toy drop off boxes will be located near check out and at the entrances of each Gelson’s location.

For more information, please email


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