How To Sign Up For Toys for Tots in Western PA – 2015 Edition


I’m actually late this year with this annual blog post. Finding information on Toys for Tots programs can be time-consuming and challenging. My work with the AMPLIFY project has expanded my awareness of how difficult it can be to access programs the further your family lives from an urban hub. My hope is to add a little more dignity and ease to this process by providing this information. I’ve also tried to include all 26 counties participating in AMPLIFY.

As I read through the various descriptions, I was a little shocked at how the process has become less dignified. Not only do the “rules” vary from region to region, but many sites are now requiring families to bring 1 black trash bag  per child to transport their toys. That may be practical, but it hurts to read. Perhaps asking people to bring bags to transport their items could be phrased as a gentle reminder rather than using a reference to trash or garbage.

Allegheny (Northern Allegheny, Northwestern Westmoreland and Armstrong Counties)

Allegheny (Southern)

  • See Allegheny Northeastern.
Blair (Blair, N. Cambria, Jefferson and Indiana county residents)
  • Enrollment
  • Indiana Mall/Logan Valley Mall
    •  November 6-7, 2015 (10:00-3:00PM)
  • Indiana/Altoona Salvation Army
    • November 13-14, 2015 (10:00-4:00PM)
  • Jefferson County
    • November 4th-Community Action Inc. (Beasement) Punxy
    • November 5th-The Foundry (Reynoldsville)
    • November 6th-Heritage house (Brookville)
  • Paperwork, eligibility and distribution information at this link.
  • See Blair County information
  • No information posted.
  • Enrollment: We will be starting our toy requests for this year 2015 starting November 1st through and including November 30th, 2015.  You may do an online form submission or call 577-8778 during the month of November; the phone will be activated and someone will be taking calls and returning the voice mails for the intakes please be patient and know we will return your calls.  At this time we will set up date and time for you pick up for the toys
  • Paperwork, eligibility and distribution information at this link. 
  • No information posted.
  • See Blair County Information
  • No information posted.
  • Enrollment: September 25 and 26, 10 AM – 2 PM Salvation Army  334 W. Main St, Suite 100, Somerset, PA
    •  It is a little unclear if Somerset County residents can also sign up at the other locations, so I encourage you to contact this chapter for clarification.
  • Paperwork, eligibility and distribution information at this link.
Washington (North)
Washington (South)
Westmoreland (North)
Westmoreland (South)

Other resources.

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Play It Forward – Play it Forward Pittsburgh is a gently used children’s toy drive.  We are collecting gently used or new toys, books, games, stuffed animals, electronics, sports equipment, bikes and movies (vhs and dvd) and offering them free to families in need.  On Saturday, December 12th from 9am – 3pm, families in need of toys for their children can come and “shop for free” at our Century III mall location.  Each family is invited to take up to 3 toys, 3 stuffed animals and 3 books  per child for FREE.

Low Income Heating Assistance Program Opens on November 2, 2015 in Pennsylvania. Visit the website for all of the details to register.

Cathy’s Closet at the GLCC of Pittsburgh has winter clothing and outerwear for distribution throughout the winter.

I will update this list of resources throughout the winter. If you have suggestions or more details, please contact me pghlesbian at gmail dot com.


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