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25th Annual Columbia Community Service Toy Drive

No family should have to choose between buying food and buying toys during the holiday season. By donating a toy to the 25th Annual Columbia Community Service Toy Drive, you can ease the burden for many families and put a smile on the face of a child. This year’s toy drive will run from Monday, December 4 to Friday, December 15, benefitting nine local community organizations that work with children.

This initiative has been championed by the President’s Office for many years and as a result, employees have donated thousands of new, unwrapped toys that have been distributed to local non-profits that provide services to youth and families with children. Your support remains crucial.

Unable to drop off a toy in person? No problem! Columbia Community Service has created an Amazon Wish List that employees can use to purchase toys and have them shipped directly to the CCS Office.


The following locations will have containers to collect toy donations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

Morningside Campus:

Manhattanville Campus:

Baker Athletics Complex


Advancing the Community of Tomorrow (ACT) provides a safe haven for children (toddlers to teens) from many faiths, cultures, and economic backgrounds to gather, learn, play, and grow. ACT will seek to provide 101 children with toys for the holidays. They will assist 100 students with toys.

Association to Benefit Children provides programs in early childhood education for at-risk infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, supportive housing, mental health services and crisis intervention, family preservation, and year-round youth development. This year, ABC will help to meet the needs of 25 children.

Behind the Book inspires New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs. The organization will continue to encourage children to read by collecting as many books as possible.

Church of the Ascension assists the needy of the community, with an emphasis on offering food, friendship, education, and dignity. The organization will reward 15 young volunteers with toys this year.

Common Denominator enhances the community of Morningside Heights and Harlem by providing students with customary mathematics tutoring and mentorship. They plan to provide 200 children with gifts this year.

Graham Windham Manhattanville Cornerstone Community Center strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families who are overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges. The Community Center will provide 100 children with holiday gifts!

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) helps Harlem residents by providing economic development and empowerment opportunities. HCCI will distribute toys to as many as 200 children, ages 6 to 14 years at its Annual ToyTopia!

NYC Kidsfest enhances the lives of Morningside Heights and Harlem school children by exposing them to an eclectic lineup of performing artists from The Studio Museum and Classical Theater of Harlem, among others. This year, they will collect 300 toys for children in the community.

The Uptown Inner-City League has been providing recreational and sports programming to the Manhattanville community since 1990. They plan to distribute 350 toys at their End of the Season Celebration.

Event Contact Information:
Columbia Community Service


Dec 15 2023


All Day


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