Porter-Leath 17th Annual Toy Drive

By Elise Herron

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International Paper will present the 17th annual Toy Truck to collect toys for 6,200 children, ages birth to age 5, served by Porter-Leath’s Preschool program. The toy drive will be held at:
The Poplar Collection Shopping Center from Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 8.
WMC Action News 5 will host the final stop on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15.
Porter-Leath has been a Memphis Early Head Start provider for 20 years. Toy Truck, which began in 2000, invites local individuals, groups and businesses to fill a large truck with new, unwrapped toys for Porter-Leath Preschool children. The annual community campaign collects age-appropriate toys that promote early learning — such as dolls, trucks and building blocks.  This is the first year that Poplar Collection, home to Village Toymaker, hosts the toy drive.

International Paper is proud to support the Toy Truck event to gather toys for the children served by Porter-Leath,” said Amy Grow, Manager of Community Engagement for International Paper.  “This is one part of our ongoing support of Porter-Leath’s efforts to bring vital early childhood education programs to more children and families each year.”

17th annual toy drive

Drop off

You can drop off new, unwrapped toys as well as cash, check or credit card donations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Poplar Collection, 4615 Poplar Ave., from Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave, on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Visitors can also see Santa Claus at the Poplar Collection from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at WMC from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“Toy Truck has inspired so much support from our community over the years, which has helped facilitate countless opportunities at home for children to learn through play,” said Rob Hughes, Vice President of Development at Porter-Leath. “We welcome our neighbors to come support our kids again at the Poplar Collection!” All monetary gifts delivered to Toy Truck, and made online, will be matched by a Secret Santa in the community.

About Porter-Leath

For over 160 years, Porter-Leath has been the primary resource for Memphis’ at-risk children and families. By focusing on the essential building blocks of healthy development, Porter-Leath not only gives them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. Porter-Leath helps build stronger children, stronger families and a stronger Memphis. For more information, contact us at 901-577-2500 or rhughes@porterleath.org.  


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