TOYS FOR TOTS & TEENS FAQ -
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR FAMILIES
2019 Pre-Registration & FAQ:
Dates for 2019 Toys for Tots & Teens Event:
July 7, 2019 Sponsor/Host Sign Up Open for Toy/Book Drives
Nov. 1 - Dec 11, 2019 Teen Toy Drives All Around Oakdale Area
November 4, 2019 Volunteer Registration Opens for Volunteers
Nov. 18, 2019 - Dec. 10, 2019 PRE-REGISTRATION FOR FAMILIES OPEN
December 9, 2019 Toy Order Placed with Marines by Santa Tina
December 12, 2019 Toy Set Up at Hope Church by volunteers
December 13-14, 2019 Toy Distribution at Hope Church in Oakdale
for local families in need that pre-registered.
WHAT TO BRING:
A photo id for you, BILL with current address and any kind of id for each of your children. (social security card, school id, insurance card, or birth certificate)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR FAMILIES.... FAQ
What areas do you serve at A Place of Hope for Toys for Tots & Teens?
We only serve the immediate area around Oakdale, MN including the counties of Washington, Dakota, Ramsey and Chisago.
We do NOT serve Hennepin County or the city of St. Paul as there are 30 agencies for those areas. Please choose an agency closest to you.
Where should I register? MOST AGENCIES CLOSE REGISTRATION BY DECEMBER 5TH EACH YEAR.
Click link below to see which agency is closest to you. You should not have to drive over 15-20 minutes to a location.
Minneapolis and St. Paul each have over 20 locations so we will not accept registrations from anyone living in those cities.
LINK FOR MN Toys for Tots List of Agencies http://toysfortots.org/request_toys/toys-city-county.aspx?txtState=MINNESOTA
We hand out toys in Oakdale, MN so if you live close register with us.
If you live near Burnsville, register with A Father's House and NOT with us.
When do most agencies stop taking registrations?
By December 5th. If you missed these firm deadlines, contact The Salvation Army at 651-746-3595 for the Emergency Toy Shop. First come, first served.
A Place of Hope MN will stop taking pre-registrations on December 10th, 2019.
WHAT IF I DID NOT RECEIVE MY EMAIL WITH THE PICKUP TIME OR I LOST THE INFORMATION?
As soon as you pre-register on our website, you will receive an auto email with more information and your pick up time.
New for 2019 - you will also receive a reminder text a few days before the Toy Distribution.
For 2019, Tentative Toy Pick up dates for pre-registered families are Friday Dec 13th or Saturday Dec 14th. AFter that, we typically close at 1:00 pm for the year and are NOT able to deliver or wait.
HOW can we register for our children?
Pre-registrations are accepted online only starting late November until early December. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation immediately and then a reminder text or email from A Place of Hope - MN around mid December with your pick up times. Toy distribution for 2018 takes place
December 13-14, 2019 at Hope Church in Oakdale, MN.
WHEN can I register?
Pre-registration will open late November and close December 10, 2019. We then place the toy order with the Marines and then handout toys
about a week later.
How long will it take to get our email confirmation?
You will get an email confirmation immediately when you register using our new form online with your assigned pick up times for DECEMBER 13TH
OR 14TH 2019. If you register via phone, it may take 2-3 days to receive an email or text from one of our volunteers. Thanks for your patience as we are all volunteers.
What if I don't have access to a computer for online registration?
It is faster and more efficient if you can register online. We are serving over 600 families and request that registrations be done online.
If you are not able to, a phone registration number is 612-314-9904. Pre-registration will run late November to Dec. 10, 2019 only.
How many toys can we get for each child?
This depends on how many toys the Marines give to us and that we collect with our own toy drives. Usually it is one main present per child and a stocking stuffer. The Marines only provide toys up to age 14 and we serve up to age 18. We also provide books, crafts, board games and sports equipment for families with 4 or more kids.
WHEN do we pick up the toys?
In your CONFIRMATION EMAIL that you receive immediately after submitting your pre-registration, you will be assigned a pick up time with instructions of when and where to pick up your toys December 13th or December 14th, 2019 at the Hope Church in Oakdale, MN.
We DO NOT mail out anything to you - only email or text, so be sure to check your spam and junk email folders. Thanks.
WHERE do we pick up the toys?
This year we will be again distributing toys at HOPE CHURCH AT 7910 15TH STREEN NORTH, OAKDALE MN.
What do I need to BRING to the pick up?
A photo id for you and any kind of id for each of your children. (social security card, school id, insurance card). Photo Copies are fine.
What if I cannot make it to the pick up times?
You can send a spouse or relative to pick up for you. You must contact us to let us know. Otherwise, we cannot hold toys for you.
You are also given an alternative time in your pick up time email to come in on Saturday morning.
What ages can I register for my kids?
Infant to age 18 years of age. You must be the parent or legal guardian in order to register them.
Will I receive anything in the mail? NO
No, we do not mail any registration confirmations. Only send emails and texts. Please check your junk box and our website for updates on dates.
Can I register my grandkids? NO
Only children in your custody or that you are a legal guardian for can be registered with us. We do not have enough toys to help grandparents.
Can we pick out our own toys? YES
Yes, a personal shopper will help you choose toys from the table for your age group for each child.
Where does A Place of Hope get the toys?
We partner with the Marines Toys for Tots program which provides us with about 60% of our needs. We take pre-registrations from families in need and then submit our order to the Marines. Whatever we order is what we will get. So all families must register before December 10, 2017. We also do our own local toy drives in order to support up to age 18 for our families in need... and get toys from our sponsors and donors.
What if we don't register in time by December 10, 2019?
Toys for Tots Agencies are typically DONE taking all registrations on or before December 10th, 2019. You will need to contact your local church, United Way or Salvation Army for assistance IF YOU MISS THAT FIRM DEADLINE.
Is there a toy shortage each year?
Yes, each year we struggle to fill the amount of orders and demand for families in need. We have expanded our local toy drives and sponsors this year to help with the shortages - especially for the older kids 11-18.
Why age does the Marines and Toys for Tots Foundation Support? is the age cut off 16 years old and not 18 years old?
The Marines and Toys for Tots Foundation serves baby to age 14 due to shortages of donations for the older kids. We believe all kids up to age 18 should be supported and so we go above and beyond and do teen toy drives to reach those ages!
How can I help support this great cause?
We need volunteers to help for 2-3 hours up to serving on our planning committee. We also greatly need stocking stuffers and toys for the older kids
13-18 years of age. See our Get involved page for more ways to help.
Still have questions about our MN Toys for Tots Event, contact Tina at 612-298-2622 for emergencies only. Due to the volume of calls, it could take 2 days for a returned call. Try texting if it is urgent. Please be patient with receiving a message back as we are all volunteers and serve over 800 families.