Toy Drive

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When do we need the toys?
Toys are needed by two different dates:  

  • Saturday, December 8th 

  • Sunday, December 16th


Where should I drop off my toy donations?

Please drop off toys in our administrative office (located on the back side of the yellow day care building at 1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines Iowa 50315).  Toys may be dropped off between 8am-4pm Monday through Friday. Donations are being accepted October 1st through December 16th. (To drop off toys in the evening or weekends, please email to make arrangements.)

Donate Toys

Bidwell Riverside Center is hosting a toy drive. The toys will be used in our Toy Pantry in December to help families in need during the holiday season.  Last year, we provided toys to more than 1,400 children!


What age toys do you need?

  • New toys for ages 0-12

  • Gift cards for ages 13-17  


Most Needed Items

  • Toys

  • Stocking Stuffers

  • Books

  • Hats & Gloves

  • Stuffed Animals

  • $10 & $20 Gift Cards to Walmart & Target (all denominations needed)  

  • All Gift Cards (all denominations needed)

Quilts & Blankets

Did you know that we collect quilts and blankets to give to the children that participate in our holiday toy drive?  Blankets of all sizes are welcome!


Host a Toy Drive or Food Drive!

Interested in sponsoring a toy or food drive to help families in need? Find more information on Food Drives here.



Contact Missy Reams, Community Outreach and Operations Manager, at by phone at 515-244-6251 option 5 or at

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