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Infinite Toys For Tots

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We’ve gotten our first few donators! Huzzah! It’s a little bit of a slow start this year, but three nice folks have donated. We’ve got a variety of good stuff donated, from My Little Pony to Transformers! I’ll be heading out this weekend to match these donations with donations of my own. For more info on Infinite Toys For Tots, just click this Link and find out how you can be a part of the fun.

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Thanks to our first few donators, who not only helped provide a kid in need with a better Christmas, but were willing to share their photos with us as well.

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We also had an online donation. You can send money to the Toys For Tots drive and forward us the receipt information as well. Every penny counts!

Infinite Toys For Tots 2013
It’s hard to believe, but we’re only 37 days until Christmas and that means it’s time to start our 4th annual Infinite Toys For Tots donation drive! Each year we encourage our fellow members of the toy collecting community to give back to children in need, by donating to Toys For Tots. To help bolster the spirit of donations, we here at Infinite Hollywood, MATCH your donation with a donation of our own.

Starting today, until the 25th of December we’re challenging you, the thousands of Infinite Hollywood readers (and any other websites that would like to spread the word about our cause) to donate to Toys For Tots in any of your local locations or online. All you have to do is send us a photo of you actually donating, or another form of proof and we’ll go out and match your donation with one of our own!

You may be wondering, “Why are you starting now, it’s not even Thanksgiving?!” The truth is that a lot of the Toys For Tots donation boxes are picked up early in December. Often people think of donating towards the middle and end of December and they can’t find a drop box. So we’re starting the campaign a bit earlier so you have more time to get out there and donate. Black Friday is typically one of the biggest days for donations (and a great time to get some affordable toy deals for donating!) so we wanted to make sure to start before then.

We will match your donation, with a donation (but not necessarily be matching in monetary value or amount) of our own! IE: You donate two Barbies, I may match you with one GI Joe. With your help, we can give Santa Claus that extra hand he needs this year. We will double your donation by going out to donate to our local Toys For Tots each time you send us proof that you donated!

HOW TO ENTER:

Take a picture of yourself donating to a Toys for Tots drop off box.

These include the Toys for Tots bins at local Toys R’ Us locations, as well as other areas.

Your photo doesn’t have to show your face, simply take a photo of you donating something. This is purely to prove a donation did occur, your photo will not be used or if it is, your face will be cropped out (unless you say you want to be pictured).

The second option is to send proof of an online cash donation to their website (they do send you a email receipt that can be forwarded). They take multiple forms of payment and your receipt will remain anonymous!

Your donations, amounts, names, faces and information will remain completely confidential. We will simply mark on our counter each time we receive notification of a donation and then we will go out and make a matching donation later that week.

All entries must be emailed to NewtonGimmick AT rocketmail.com!

If you don’t know where a Toys For Tots location is, check their website: Toys For Tots Locations and any Toys R Us or Babies R Us are considered to be “national” drop offs. I’m noticing a lot of Toys For Tots drop off boxes at local grocery stores, Dollar Tree locations and even Old Navy as well. If you can’t find one, check the actual Toys For Tots website and it should give you someone local to contact.

Conversely, you can donate cash online. This is a SUPER easy way to share the love this holiday season. They take every sort of form of payment, including PayPal. Forward the receipt to my email address (NewtonGimmick AT Rocketmail.com) above and you can also be entered in the contest. A lot of people are choosing to enter this way. You can do this every day up until the 25th of December. DO IT NOW! Every donation counts, no matter if its only a $5 or $10 amount. The idea is to help needy kids. Every little bit goes towards that.

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Another year over and another Infinite Toys For Tots in the record books. Although we didn’t get as many donations this year, reaching only 25 single donations, we did get a lot of great stuff donated. In fact, we actually got much more quantity donated through the donations than in year’s past. So I’ll go ahead and say we more or less reached our goal. I found that folks were much more generous this year in both their actual toy and monetary donations (as some people sent money directly to Toys For Tots in lieu of a physical donation) and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a little menagerie of kindness, with photos from people who were willing to let me use their photos.

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December was a rough month for me, so I was glad that so many were able to step up and donate this year. It gave me great pleasure, hectic as it can be at times, to go out and match donations from the great readers of Infinite Hollywood. Truly, you guys are the best. Sometimes you wonder if anyone is even hearing your pleas or reading your posts, but when you see people respond to your call to action and do some good by helping make less fortunate children have a better Christmas, it warms the cockles of my heart. Perhaps it warmed even the sub-cockle area, maybe in the liver… Maybe in the kidneys, maybe even in the colon, we don’t know.

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Unfortunately I’ve been dragging my feet on updating about Infinite Toys For Tots, but since it’s almost Christmas I figure I had best update. I know a lot of you have been emailing me or sending me messages with donations, but haven’t seen the counter move. I’ve just been very swamped with other stuff to update the counter.

The good news is, I finally got her updated! Even better news is that we’ve reached 25 donations and I’ve matched them to make it a total of 50 donations! Most stores took up their Toys For Tots bins this weekend, so if you’re still looking to donate, make sure to visit their website: Toys For Tots Locations to find out if there’s anywhere around you that you can still donate.

Don’t forget you can do an online donation as well (several people have) and we’ll match you with one in return!

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And for the sake of keeping things on the level, here’s a few photos of me out matching some donations. I didn’t take a photo for each one but I wanted to let you guys know that we’ve done some great work this year. I don’t know if we’ll reach our unofficial goal of 30 donations by Christmas, but we’ve come darn close and I must say some of the stuff folks have donated this year has been really great.

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We also did our annual Angel Tree donations. I’ve mentioned this each year, but if you don’t know about the Angel Tree program, the basis is that you choose a needy kid (or a family) and buy them gifts. You don’t know anything about the person, other than their age, sex and a few of their wants. This year we upped ourselves to a family of three kids. Personally I like to do the younger kids, but our kids were a bit older this year. Older kids deserve a good Christmas too, though.

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Huzzah, we finally got a donation. I knew as soon as December started that we’d see some donations roll in. Even though Toys For Tots starts in November at most stores, people don’t really think about it until the month of December. Sadly many locations take up their bins in mid-November or early December. In fact this weekend will see many of the Toys For Tots bins disappear.

The good news is that you still have time to donate! Our buddy Nathan sent in a great photo of his donation, which included some Ninja Turtles, a plush Oviraptor, some Disney Princess stuff and more! This weekend I’m going to head out and match Nathan’s donation with one of my own. That’s what Infinite Toys For Tots is all about. We double your donation by making one of our own each time you donate!

We’re looking for 30 donations this year, which would be a total of 60 donations! Can we do it? We’ll find out in 24 days.

In the meantime, check out the official rules and get your butt out there and donate to Toys For Tots.