Donate a Toy to EFAA’s Holiday Gift Room

by Rachel Daly
EFAA holiday Gift Room

Did you know that Boulder has its very own superheroes? The good people at Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) provide families and individuals in our community with basic needs, transitional housing and all kinds of support to help guide them through challenging times. During the holiday season, EFAA provides a holiday gift room for parents to pick out some items for their children, as well as a gift wrapping station. Typically this gift room is supported by a corporate sponsor, but the sponsorship fell through this year. We, as a community, have the opportunity to step up! Let’s show our brothers and sisters that this community cares by filling EFAA’s holiday gift shop with toys and love. It’s really very simple:

Click here to view EFAA’s wish list on Amazon.

The simplest way to donate is to shop and ship from Amazon. Choose from a range of children’s gifts, including more mature gifts for teenagers. If you shop through the wish list link, you will be able to have gifts delivered directly to EFAA. Please do not ask for gift wrapping. EFAA creates a “shopping” experience in the gift room where parents can choose toys for their kids and do the wrapping themselves.

Prefer to Shop Elsewhere?

If you are already doing some holiday shopping this week, you most certainly can add some items for EFAA to your shopping list! Items can be dropped off at EFAA starting December 2 (details below). Please leave items unwrapped, save the wrapping for the parents! Speaking of wrapping, EFAA could use donations of wrapping paper, bows & holiday bags. Here are some of the most requested items to shop for:

For children ages 0-5: Puzzles, crayons, play-doh, washable markers, stickers, blocks, educational toys, stuffed animals, dolls (particularly depicting diverse race and ethnicity), train set, toy vehicles, play food, dress-up clothes, board books, bubbles, soap sets; lotions, bubble bath, etc.

For children ages 6-12: Dress-up clothes, Legos, Playmobil, sports equipment, journal, jewelry, action figures, dolls (particularly depicting diverse race and ethnicity), hair accessories; pony tails, barrettes, etc., soap sets; lotions, bubble bath, etc., markers, colored pencils, toy cars, puzzles, craft kits, sidewalk chalk, outdoor toys, swords, Nerf toys & blasters.

For children ages 13-18: Sports equipment such as skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters, cosmetics, jewelry, watches, journals, scented lotion, room décor, headphones, bag/purse, wallet, music, movies, hair accessories; pony tails, barrettes, etc., soap sets; lotions, bubble bath, etc..

For all children up to age 18: Winter outerwear, especially coats and snow boots, are frequent needs of our families (fleeces, hoodies, hats, mittens, scarves). Please no other clothing items for the gift room.

Drop Off Details

When: Donations accepted from December 2 – December 18, 2019

Where: Emergency Family Assistance Association, 1575 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder CO 80304

Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Wednesday 1 PM – 4 PM & Thursday 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Details: Items must be new, please do not bring used items. Please do not wrap gifts so that parents can select age-appropriate gifts.

Interested in Other Ways to Help?

EFAA is a local organization, receiving 70% of its funding from the very community it serves. Financial gifts are always welcome. If you would like to make a financial contribution, click here. EFAA also accepts food donations for its food pantry. The most needed items, as well as details on where to donate, can be found here.  If you would like to give your time, EFAA is in need of volunteers to help keep these programs running! Info on volunteering can be found here. To find out more about EFAA, visit their website here or call 303.442.3042.

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