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Community-Wide Effort Makes Volunteer Alexandria’s Toy Drive a Success

Volunteers at Family Volunteer Day helped wrap and distribute gifts. (Photo: Volunteer Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-For the last two months, Volunteer Alexandria (VolALX) ’s staff and volunteers have worked and asked for donations for its Annual Community Toy Drive. Their request for toys has been fulfilled many times over. People in and outside Alexandria gave thousands of toys to the nonprofit to distribute to Alexandria families.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers helped families select toys for their children, and offered to wrap them with paper created by businesses and volunteers participating in the Family Volunteer Day.

This community toy drive benefited more than 700 children.

Wrapping presents during Family Volunteer Day. (Photo Volunteer Alexandria)

Hundreds of volunteers gave their time to make the toy drive a success. Seventy businesses around Alexandria set up collection boxes, and/or held holiday parties asking to bring gifts. And numerous individuals and families donated at least one item.

Amazon, Ting Internet, ALX & Company, Fitness Together, and United Bank served as sponsors, and many individuals donated to support this initiative.

Taking a picture with Santa. (Photo: Volunteer Alexandria)

“We are so grateful to the sponsors and individuals, who donated to support us. It takes eight weeks to plan, organize, and execute such a huge event and we ONLY can do this because of the generosity of people,” says Marion Brunken, Executive Director, VolALX

The organization wishes to thank Target, Piece out, Lost Boy, InspireLit, Parks and Recreation, and the Fund for Alexandria’s Child for making this possible. [SEE ALSO: Firefighters Union Seeking Donations for Annual Toy Drive]

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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