Donations of new, unopened, unwrapped toys, art games, books, stuffed animals and sporting equipment will be accepted at nine area businesses through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20.
The CSU Toys for Tots campaign run by CSU’s Janet and Ross Mabon accepts toys for babies through teenagers. The event is held as a tribute for Janet’s father, a youth sports coach who loved children, MIckey Mouse and basketball.
Janet Mabon, the fiscal and budget coordinator for the Institute for Learning and Teaching, said donors may want to consider infants to age 2 and teens when making gift selections. The suggested price point is $10-$30, but donations of any amount are welcome.
“It might be fun to purchase toys like what you loved as a child and/or toys that might spark interests in your academic areas,” Janet said. “Students and student groups are also encouraged to participate, perhaps pooling their dollars to purchase a gift or two.”
Like in 2020, COVID-19 has changed the event from on-campus donation boxes to those found at local businesses. The amount of toys donated grew from 795 in 2017 to 867 in 2018 to 988 in 2019. Last year’s donations from CSU students, staff and faculty were unknown due to the change in drop-off points.
For infants to 2-year-olds, Mabon suggested: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy, Shape Sorters, stacking cups and rings, toy piano, talking books, Lego Duplo items, soft books, crib/car seat toys, teething rings and security blanket toys.
CSU Toys for Tots donation locations
Learning Express: 4357 Corbett Drive, Fort Collins
McCormick Automotive: 130 W. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins
U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting: 194 E. 29th St., Loveland
Walmart: 4625 Mason St., Fort Collins
Fort Collins Muffler: 2001 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
Starbucks: 1850 N. College Ave., Fort Collins
Credit Union of Colorado: 2420 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins
Owl Canyon Cafe: 3475 Cleveland Ave., Wellington
Top Golf: 16011 Grant St., Thornton
For teens, Mabon suggested: FatBraintoys.com products, portable chargers, earbuds and case, photo albums, journals, curling irons, water bottle/travel mug, bracelet kit, craft kit, models and airplane kits, computer case and sporting goods like basketballs, footballs, baseballs/softballs and gloves.
Monetary donations can be made at the Larimer County Toys for Tots website. “Many thanks for your participation in this important event sure to bring smiles and laughter to children in need in Larimer County,” Mabon said.