Holiday Toy Drive

When do we need the toys?

As soon as possible!


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 8 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday. 


To drop off toys in the evening or weekends, please email to make arrangements.


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

Donate Toys

Bidwell Riverside Center is hosting a toy drive for families in need. The toys will be used in our  Holiday Toy Pantry in December to help families who may need a little extra help this holiday season. Last year, we provided toys to more than 1,700 children!

Shop our Amazon Toy Pantry List

We know some people may not be comfortable spending time in the store and then dropping the toys off at Bidwell, so we created an Amazon list! When you purchase toys from this list, they ship directly to us, making it easier than ever to support the Bidwell Riverside Holiday Toy Pantry!



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.

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Contact Us

Phone: 515-244-6251

Fax: 515-244-3815

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