World Doll Day Toy Drive Results

The results of the World Doll Day Doll and Toy Drive are in! My goal was to match or beat last years donation count, which was in the 50’s, and boy, did we do that! In 2018, Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter will be donating 105 dolls and toys to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Christmas Store! That’s double what we raised last year!

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I am so grateful to all who supported this doll and toy drive! Thank you so much! I know the families who benefit from the Christmas Store appreciate it, too!

The mailbox is still open for fan mail for both me and Barbee0913. We will be closing it around November, so get your letters in before then, if you’re so inclined! (In case it’s not clear, the blog/channels are still continuing– it’s just the mailbox that is going away.)

Dolly Confessions
2413 W. Algonquin Rd
PMB #147
Algonquin, IL 60102
United States

Thank you again for all your support on the World Doll Day Doll and Toy Drive! You guys rock!

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July 9, 2018. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

World Doll Day Toy Drive 2018 is LIVE

In honor of World Doll Day (the 2nd Saturday of June), Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter is hosting the second annual doll and toy drive! Our toy drive is supporting the Marillac St. Vincent Christmas Store. Serving the Chicagoland area for over 60 years, the Marillac St. Vincent Christmas Store came into my life a few years ago, when my mom and I started donating toys in honor of a kindhearted friend and co-worker who passed far too soon.

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Last year, we were able to donate over 50 toys to the Christmas Store thanks to your support, as well as the support of the Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event. Let’s try to reach that again this year! I hesitate to set a ‘donation goal’, because anything will be appreciated, but if we, together, can make 50+ kids happy this holiday season, I think we’ll have done a wonderful thing. And I’d like to think that this sort of wonderful thing is just what Mildred Seeley had in mind when starting World Doll Day. So, the details…

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What is the Christmas Store, you ask? Every year Marillac St. Vincent Family Services invites parents, grandparents, and child guardians that they serve throughout the year, to sign up for the Christmas Store. On the Saturday before Christmas, registered families get to “shop” for toys, stocking stuffers, books, games, clothes, and stuffed animals for each of their children, have their gifts wrapped, and finally, leave with a full bag of food – enough to make a big meal on Christmas day, complete with a turkey!

The Christmas Store is a fun shopping experience for parents and grandparents, giving them agency to choose the toys that best suit their children’s interests. Their Christmas store serves over 250 families, which accounts for 800-1100 children, who may not have received holiday presents otherwise.

What I like about this cause is that children, because their caregiver is handpicking their presents, will receive a truly personalized gift, as opposed to one that they may not care for. With this set up, Marillac St. Vincent’s Christmas Store puts the power of choice in the parents, grandparents or caregivers hands, which is far more empowering than receiving a generic donation, in my opinion!

What is Marillac St. Vincent’s looking for? New, in box dolls and toys for ages 0-12. Per their request, they’d prefer not to receive weapon type toys, but everything else is fair game. Marillac has an Amazon Wishlist available, if you need ideas. With Toys R Us going out of business, this is a great time to keep an eye out for sales! You never know what treasures you’ll find at a price that doesn’t break the bank! Remember, though, this is for new or inbox toys only. (There are probably exceptions to the rule, like if you have a like new American Girl or something you’d like to donate. If you do, just e-mail me and we can discuss if it would be right for this drive!)

Toy Drive Graphics

How can you donate? I’ve opened up a special mailbox for donations! This isn’t a PO box, so you’re not limited to certain mail carriers. The shipping address is:

Dolly Confessions
2413 W. Algonquin Rd
PMB #147
Algonquin, IL 60102
United States

I realize shipping can be pricey, especially if you’re located outside of the US. If you’re interested in helping with the drive, but can’t support it with a physical doll or toy, consider sending a gift card to Amazon. You can send a virtual gift card to taps1223(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net. Please, title your e-mail with TOY DRIVE DONATION/Your Initials. Of course, you can also send a gift card via snail mail to the special donation mailbox. Please put your mailing address inside the package, envelope or e-mail, so I can send a thank you card to you! World Doll Day is June 5th, but I have the mailbox for six months, so if you need a little extra time to send in your donation, that’s fine!

For tax purposes, save those receipts! If you need an official donation receipt, let me know and I can work on getting one from Marillac for your records. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me or message me. Thank you for considering donating to this cause in honor of World Doll Day.

May 1, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

Heads Up: World Doll Day Doll Drive

With Toys R Us liquidating their US and UK based stores, I wanted to give you all a heads up that I will be hosting a World Doll Day Doll Drive again with donations going to Marillac St. Vincent Family Service’s Christmas store.

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A PO Box will be set up in April for donations (and fan mail, b/c why not?). Keep this in the back of your mind when you’re shopping for deals at Toys R Us or your favorite toy store. Maybe you’ll find a great doll at an even better price to donate to the drive! And, of course, I’ll be sharing more details as we get closer to the drive, which will begin as soon as I get the PO Box open and run through June!

 

March 15, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

World Doll Day Toy Drive Update and Thanks

World Doll Day has come and gone, but there’s still a few weeks left to donate a doll or toy for our toy drive! (Yes, this isn’t my toy drive, it’s all of ours!) You can read more about it here. At PUDDLE this year, one of the activities I coordinated was the World Doll Day Doll and Toy Drive, with donations going to the Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Christmas Store. PUDDLE attendees came prepared to give, adding over 30 toys to the 20 or so we received during the drive through reader donations, pushing our total donations to over 50 dolls!

World Doll Day Donations

I’m incredibly pleased with the enthusiasm you all showed me during this doll/toy drive. I went into it a bit leery, not sure how it would work or if we’d get anything, but your donations helped us ensure that 50 children will feel some holiday cheer come December. Thank you SO much for your donations. If you’d like to send in a last minute doll/toy/gift card, feel free. I won’t be dropping these off till early July, so you have until the end of this month. Details on the PO Box are in the announcement post.

I suppose I should end this with a question, because that’s proper blog etiquette. How did you celebrate World Doll Day? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

June 18, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

World Doll Day Toy Drive: May 1st-June 30th

Hello amazing, fantastic readers! Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter’s World Doll Day Toy Drive (that’s a bit of a mouthful!) is now OPEN! Details are below.

In honor of World Doll Day, we’re hosting our first ever toy drive! This year, our toy drive is supporting the Marillac St. Vincent Christmas Store. Serving the Chicagoland area for over 60 years, the Marillac St. Vincent Christmas Store came into my life a few years ago, when my mom and I started donating toys in honor of a co-worker who passed away. Since then, it’s always been in the back of my mind that through this blog and its corresponding YouTube channel, we could probably make a difference, even if it’s only a small dent, in the holidays of many children in need.

Toy Drive Graphics

What is the Christmas Store, you ask? Every year Marillac St. Vincent Family Services invites parents, grandparents, and child guardians that they serve throughout the year, to sign up for the Christmas Store. On the Saturday before Christmas, registered families get to “shop” for toys, stocking stuffers, books, games, clothes, and stuffed animals for each of their children, have their gifts wrapped, and finally, leave with a full bag of food – enough to make a big meal on Christmas day, complete with a turkey!

The Christmas Store is a fun shopping experience for parents and grandparents, giving them agency to choose the toys that best suit their children’s interests. Their Christmas store serves over 250 families, which accounts for 800-1100 children, who may not have received holiday presents otherwise.

What I like about this cause is that children, because their caregiver is handpicking their presents, will receive a truly personalized gift, as opposed to one that they may not care for. With this set up, Marillac St. Vincent’s Christmas Store puts the power of choice in the parents, grandparents or caregivers hands, which is far more empowering than receiving a generic donation, in my opinion!

What is Marillac St. Vincent’s looking for? New, in box dolls and toys for ages 0-12. Per their request, they’d prefer not to receive weapon type toys, but everything else is fair game. They’ve set up an Amazon wishlist, which will give you an idea of the sorts of things they like. However, as this is a doll blog and done to celebrate World Doll Day, I imagine many of you will choose to go that route! The toy drive window is two months long, to give you a chance to search for deals. For example, my mom and I picked up a $3.00 Tween Scene doll on clearance recently to save for this event. So, search those clearance aisles! Remember, though, this is for new or inbox toys only. (There are probably exceptions to the rule, like if you have a like new American Girl or something you’d like to donate. If you do, just e-mail me and we can discuss if it would be right for this drive!)

Toy Drive Graphics

How can you donate? I’ve opened up a special mailbox. This isn’t a PO box, so you’re not limited to certain mail carriers. The shipping address is:

Dolly Confessions
2413 W. Algonquin Rd
Ste 110
Algonquin, IL 60102-9402
United States

I realize shipping can be pricey, especially if you’re located outside of the US. If you’re interested in helping with the drive, but can’t support it with a physical doll or toy, consider sending a gift card to Amazon or Toys R Us. You can send a virtual gift card to taps1223(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net. Please, title your e-mail with TOY DRIVE DONATION. Of course, you can also send a gift card via snail mail to the special donation mailbox. Please put your mailing address inside the package, envelope or e-mail, so I can send a thank you card to you!

Toy Drive Graphics

I hesitate to set a ‘donation goal’, because anything will be appreciated, but if we, together, can make fifty kids happy this holiday season, I think we’ll have done a wonderful thing. And I’d like to think that this sort of wonderful thing is just what Mildred Seeley had in mind when starting World Doll Day.

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This snail mail box also will double as a ‘fan mail’ address, for the next three months, at least! Feel free to send non donation correspondences there, too! Questions? Just ask! And please, share this with your doll clubs, groups, etc so we can get the maximum amount of toys to donate to this great cause!

May 1, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 8 comments.

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