Annual Toy Drive

What is the Toy Drive?

Help make the holidays special for a child in need through Project ARK’s Toy Drive — serving more than 1,000 children each year who are infected or affected by HIV. The Toy Drive supports clients served by 13 AIDS Service Organizations in both St. Louis and Southern Illinois. 

Interested in making a donation?

Monetary donations can be made in the form of a check made out to Washington University/Project ARK with "Toy Drive" in the memo line and mailed to:

Project ARK
C/O Toy Drive
4169 Laclede
St. Louis, MO 63108

Any amount helps to fulfill a child's holiday dreams.

Toy donations can also be made and are greatly appreciated. You can drop off toys from December 13th - 15th between 10 am - 4 pm at the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis, located at 1920 S 7th St, St. Louis, MO 63104. 

For more information, please call Jamie at (314) 565-2882.

Would you like to donate a toy?  

For your convenience, we have provided a wish list for each age group receiving toys through our annual Toy Drive. Please note, these are only suggestions and we are grateful for all new gifts!

Infants (Birth - 1 year)                                             
  • Blankets, bibs & bottles
  • Board Books
  • Developmental toys
  • Diaper bags
  • Light up toys
  • Mirrors, mobiles & crib toys
  • Rattles & squeak toys
  • Stacking rings
  • Snap beads
  • Teethers
Toddlers (2-3 years)

  • Balls, blocks & chunky Legos
  • Books & music CD's
  • Bubble blower & bubbles
  • Cars and trucks
  • Dramatic play toys (kitchen, dress-up, etc)
  • Light up/musical toys
  • Push-pull toys
  • See-n-Says
  • Shape sorters
  • Toy animals
  • Toy phones
  • Wooden puzzles    

Pre-Schoolers (4-5 years)                      
  • Action figures
  • Barbies, Ken dolls & accessories*
  • Books & books on CD
  • Board & card games
  • Dress up accessories
  • Hot Wheels, cars & Tonka
  • K'nex, Legos, Lincoln Logs & building blocks
  • Nerf balls
  • Musical Instruments
  • Puzzles (24 pieces)
  • Train Sets (Thomas, etc)
  • Action figures

School Age (6-12 years)

  • Action figures
  • Barbie, Ken and accessories*
  • Board games
  • Book bags, back packs, purses
  • Books & puzzles
  • Craft kits - candles, jewelry, etc
  • Hair accessories & makeup kits
  • Handheld games
  • K'nex, Legos & building supplies
  • Nerf sport sets
  • Easy Bake Oven & Lite Brite

Teens (12 years and older)

  • Bath & body sets
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Card games
  • CD cases, MP3 Players, CD’s
  • Cosmetic bags, makeup & accessories
  • Craft kits
  • Digital Cameras
  • Gift certificates (Target, Old Navy, Movies)
  • Gym bags
  • Hats/visors, jewelry & keychains
  • Journals
  • Manicure sets, nail polish
  • Nerf basketball sets
  • Picture frames, posters  & stationery
  • Air Hog remote control cars and helicopters
  • Sport team/entertainer memorabilia
  • Skateboards

* Barbies & dolls of all ethnicities are appreciated (African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, etc.)