The Toy Lift in Charlottesville


It’s a hard time to be a charity. (and there are quite a few charities in Charlottesville). If you can, please consider helping out. Toy Lift will be serving 3,098 children this year!

“But … this year is the 20th anniversary of the Toy Lift and we hope it will be the most successful year ever!

One way you can help is to volunteer! How do we collect toys, sort them and distribute all in one weekend? Come to our volunteer meeting to find out how the lift weekend works and how we prepare for it and how we finish up for the year. It is a great time for families, friends, youth groups, scouts or anyone who loves to volunteer.

If you would like to donate a toy to the lift before Dec. 5th the early drop off locations are: Anytime Fitness – Crozet, CVaMP, Creative Press, Gold’s Gym, The Running Company, Seminole Total Health, Wilson School of Dance or you may email me for pick up service.

Want to donate to Toy Lift, but not sure what to get? How about adopting a family?

Call us or e-mail us. Tell us you want to adopt a family. We’ll tell you how many kids, ages, genders, and what the kids really want. You put together a complete package made up of main and secondary gifts, stocking stuffers, books & a family game or activity.Then just label your toys or books with the control # and bring them to Gold’s Gym and we’ll make sure it gets to the right family. You can specify the size of the family you want, the age range you’re interested in, or even the county they live in!

It’s also a great way for a small office or group to help.

Kids Lift Foundation Toy Lift / Books Lift Kids

PO Box 6762 Charlottesville, VA 22906

(434) 975-TOYS”

* Even if I didn’t believe in the Toy Lift, I’d be writing about it – my wife is on their Board.

** This post originally appeared on the Toy Lift blog.

The 20th annual Toy Lift is almost here! The Lift is Friday December 5th, 7AM-8PM at Fashion Square mall. Please bring your family and friends to celebrate the Festival of the toy! We will have entertainment, bounce toys, face painters, music, Santa and more! Drop off a toy and stay for the festivities!

For more information visit We still need sponsors and volunteers! If you would like to volunteer or sponsor email us at

The most requested toys for the 20th year are:
· Action figures (especially Iron Man, Spiderman, Transformers, & wrestling)
· Bakugan
· Barbie, Bratz, & Dora dolls
· Hannah Montana anything!!
· High School Musical
· board games
· Art supplies
· Sports equipment
· Remote control cars & trucks
· Legos & Magnetix
· Jewelry & Make-Up for the older girls
· Bicycles (esp need the larger ones), Big Wheels, tricycles, & riding toys

Thanks to all of our tremendous sponsors, volunteers and friends for your support! We look forward to seeing everyone at the 20th annual Toy Lift!

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  1. Andrea November 20, 2008 at 14:35

    There is also an early drop-off location in the Old Trail Information Center, 6406 Woodbourne Lane, Crozet, VA. I think it has some items in it already!

  2. Kim Connolly November 20, 2008 at 16:35

    Thanks for posting this Jim. Here at the United Way, we can attest to greater numbers of people calling for holiday assistance this year. We encourage everyone to support ToyLift this year as we have referred many families to them. In addition, all the food banks need help as their cupboards are nearly bare. Support any food drive you hear of ( I know Western Albemarle High School is running one through next Tuesday), or consider running one yourself. Love Inc. also has at least 40 families on their waiting list for holiday meals. You can contact them at 977-1777 to adopt a family.
    Or visit the United Way Volunteer Center’s website to find holiday volunteer opportunities for individuals and families. Remember, when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

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