Archive for November 2009

Volunteers, requested toys and more info…

November 22, 2009

The 21st annual Toy Lift is less than two weeks away! This year’s event will be held Friday, 12/4 from 8-8 at the Fashion Square Mall. We will also be sorting and shipping the toys, books and games collected at Toy Land 12/4-12/6. We will be serving 3,468 area children this year.

Want to volunteer at Toy Lift? or email Walker at
Some of the most requested toys are: bikes, dolls & Barbies, cars & trucks, remote control vehicles, board games, stuffed animals and arts and crafts. Also, we always need items for middle school aged children (jewelry, electronics, music, and sports equipment) Popular characters this year are: Bakugan, Dora the Explorer, Hannah Montana, Moxie Girls, Spiderman, Transformers & WWE Wrestlers
Most requested books: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, and “New Moon”.

Still not sure what to donate?  Want to do more than just one toy or book?  How about adopting a family?
Adopting a family means putting together an entire package.  A package consists of a main toy, a secondary toy, stocking stuffers, books, and a stuffed animal for each child in the family and an activity the family can do together.  Adoptions need to be dropped off at Gold’s Gym by Dec 2nd.
If you think you might like to do a family package, e-mail Cindy at  Tell her you would like to adopt a family.  You may also specify size of family (how many kids), and any preferences such as age range or genders.  You can also request a family in a specific district (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson or Orange).

Already have a toy, book or game to donate and can’t make it to the Lift? You can drop it at one of our early drop off locations. Gold’s Gym, VA Institute of Chiropractic, Anytime Fitness-Crozet, Union Bank & Trust (all area branches), and Airport Auto Exchange.

Thanks for your continued support!


Toy Lift 2009 – Volunteers Needed

November 17, 2009

These are some of the volunteer opportunities for 2009. Please review the descriptions below and fill in the following form with your preferences. We will do our best to match you to your desired position, but please be flexible. 🙂  Please email us with specific questions.

Fill out the Volunteer Form here.

Fashion Square Mall Greeters – Greet cars and collect toys from the drive-up lanes.
Collection Tent -
Count, Sort & Box toys to be shipped to the Distribution Center.
Site Runners – Run errands and messages on and off site (must have a car)

Distribution Center aka Toy Land:

Sorters – Unload toys sent from the site and sort out into categories at the warehouse.
Wish List Searchers – Search for specific items that are tagged for specific children.
Wish List Sorters – Organize the items tagged for specific children into school groups.
Food runners – Pick up food donations and bring them back to the warehouse.
Food servers- Set up and serve food to Volunteers.
Volunteer greeter– (must be able to do at least 4 hour shifts) Direct volunteers where to check in and hand out name tags.
Saturday/Sunday, Dec 5th & 6th: Distribution Center aka Toy Land

Checkers – Verify boxes for each family and mark as complete or not.
Packers – Build, Seal, & label boxes for each family.
Shipping – Load trucks with boxes to be shipped out to the schools.
Wish List – Retrieve wish list items for each child to be added to boxes.
Volunteer greeter– (must be able to do at least 4 hour shifts) Direct volunteers where to check in and hand out name tags.

Volunteer Meeting

November 14, 2009

Hello friends of the Toy Lift! Please join us for a volunteer meeting Tuesday 11/17 at 6:30 at the English Inn. Papa John’s pizza will be provided.

See you there!

Want to volunteer but can’t come to the meeting? Email us @