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A Christmas  for Every Child

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive is completely dependant on the spirit of volunteers. From the Board of Directors to the women and men that distribute the toys we need the public's help to make Christmas happen for families in Nanaimo.


If you or someone you know wants to help out the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive this year or any time in the future please feel free to contact us by phone or email.


Sorting and Setup Volunteers

This job is performed in 4 hour shifts once the toys start to arrive in our distribution facility.


The toys have to be unpacked from boxes and bags and sorted into age and sex categories. Each toy must be categorized to make sure the toys are place on a table for that particular child group.


Books and games are also placed on appropriate tables to ensure every child receives a book and every family gets a game.


A Volunteer Driven Organization

Board Members

These volunteers have organizational duties to perform throughout the year. They also assist in many of the functions of the Toy Drive during the Christmas season to help with registration, setup, collection and distribution.

Distribution Volunteers

The distribution volunteers are at the toy drive location in 4 hour shifts. They do a variety of functions including taking the parent or family guardian around the floor to help them with shopping for toys, games and books. They also restock the tables with stored toys as needed and do any last minute delivery sorting.

Registration Volunteers

These people work along side the Hamperville group to register families for The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. The parent or family guardian must register the children and be given a date and time to arrive to pick up their toys. This is the first step toward a successful toy drive and makes the distribution flow well.


SUB Committee Chairs

These people head up small segments of work that need more attention than the board members can provide alone. They are provided jobs and take direction and assistance from a board member. A great way to start your involvement with the Toy Drive. These jobs include: Toy Collection, Volunteer Management, Registration Setup, Special Events Coordinator, Shopping Management, Web administration, and many more.