Daisy Mountain Veterans’ second annual Toy Drive is underway now through Dec. 20. The group has set up 16 collection boxes in Anthem and Tramonto, along with a temporary “toy store” in the Anthem Civic Building for area parents in need.
“The effort aims to make sure no child among us goes without a Christmas gift and that donations stay local,” DMV said in a statement.
DMV partners with Deer Valley Unified School District to reach out confidentially to qualifying families. Each participating family gets a private shopping time to choose toys for their children. Only first names are asked for, to maintain privacy.
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The group seeks new toys for younger kids and $25 gift cards for older kids. Drop-off locations: Anthem Civic Building, Carroll Law Firm, Crossroads Church, Curves, Desert Donuts, Doreen Drew-Berkshire Hathaway, Enclave at Anthem, Foothills Focus, Ironwood Country Club, Merrill Gardens at Anthem, Nanette Miller/State Farm, OSR, Persimmon Country Club, PostNet, Justin Simons/State Farm, and Sweetheart Donuts.
In addition, Crossroads Church is collecting non-perishable food items and food or toy gift cards to help all families leave the DMV Toy Store with toys and food for the holidays.
The toy store will be open Dec. 9-21, Mondays-Saturdays. Parents can schedule a time to visit the store on a confidential, online calendar or with help from their school’s front-desk staff.