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Gelson’s Announces Second-Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Gelson’s Markets is proud to announce that it will hold its second-annual holiday toy drive across all of its 25 locations, from December 1-11, 2016.

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.

Based on its initial success in 2015, Gelson’s decided to extend the holiday toy drive into its second year 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.

“We’re proud to extend our toy drive into its second year, and we’re grateful that even more partners are joining us to help local children in the giving spirit of the holidays,” offered Gelson’s President & CEO Rob McDougall. “We are absolutely committed to brightening the holiday season for families and especially the youngest members of the communities that we reside in.”

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 or visit www.gelsons.com.

 

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