Toy Donation Suggestions

Elgin’s Hope for the Holidays is in need of toys in all age categories. Our suggested price range is $10 to $30; please scroll down for some ideas of toys that are being requested by our families.

Collection Dates and Times:

All donations should go to the Salvation Army offices at 316 Douglas Ave in Elgin, IL. Collections will be taken on Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Collection will begin on November 16th and continue through December 12th.


  • Multi-cultural Dolls
  • Barbie Brand Dolls – HIGH NEED!
  • Baby Dolls – HIGH NEED!
  • Soft Dolls – HIGH NEED!


  • Thomas the Train
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox Sets
  • Fire and Construction Trucks
  • Remote Control Vehicles – HIGH NEED!


  • Soft Dolls and Puppets
  • Mega Blocks/Duplo Blocks
  • Ride-On Toys
  • Soft Cars and Trucks
  • Musical toys/instruments
  • Little People Sets
  • Sesame Street
  • Doodle Pro/Etch-a-Sketch
  • Cash Registers/Imaginative Play
  • Learn to walk toys
  • Educational Games/Toys
  • Playskool, Little Tykes, Fisher Price etc. sets


  • Soccer Balls – HIGH NEED!
  • Basketballs
  • Bicycle Helmets
  • Fishing Rods
  • Razor Scooters
  • Soccer Nets
  • Baseballs
  • Athletic Training Gear


  • Music Instruments / Accessories
  • Art Supplies
  • Craft Sets – HIGH NEED!
  • Science Sets – HIGH NEED!

What’s Hot for 2020:

  • Pixar/Disney DVD’s
  • Star Wars Items
  • Superhero Figures
  • Harry Potter Items
  • Legos
  • OZO Bots


  • $25 gift cards to Meijer, Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart
  • Jewelry Boxes
  • Purses/Wristlets/Wallets
  • Shower gel, lotion (Gift sets)
  • Perfume / cologne sets
  • Pajamas (teens only)
  • Art supplies (Paint sets, brushes)
  • Journals and Pens
  • Small Bluetooth speaker/Ear buds
  • Make-up or nail polish kits
  • Gloves/hats
  • Shaving kits/aftershave/Axe Sets
  • Perfume/cologne sets
  • Longboards/Skateboards
  • Yoga/Pilates/Fitness Equipment

We request NON-VIOLENT toys only.
NO guns, knives, weapons or action figures representing violent activities.

Note: Due to many recalls on toys, please be aware of posted recall warnings when selecting toys. Information on “recalled toys” is generally available at individual manufacturer’s websites and at