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Gelson's Announces Annual Holiday Toy Drive


Gelson’s is proud to announce that it will hold its annual holiday toy drive across all of its 27 locations, from December 3-15, 2018.

Returning toy drive partner organizations include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Ronald McDonald House/Long BeachToys for TotsBarbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Based on its initial success in 2015, Gelson’s decided to continue the holiday toy drive annually to help local children who are ill or whose families may be facing financial hardship. 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. To personalize the experience, several Gelson’s employees will be visiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to hand out toys.

“For 67 years Gelson’s has been a social hub dedicated to giving back to the communities that we serve,” said Gelson’s President & CEO Rob McDougall. “Our annual toy drive is one of the most visible examples of this important aspect of our mission, and we encourage our customers to join with us, and our nonprofit local partners, to help make the holiday season brighter for children and families across Southern California.”

New and unwrapped toys for infants, children and adolescents are being 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 visit your local store.


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