United Way distributes free toys to nonprofits in 27 counties for local Christmas giveaways

WICHITA, Kan., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 — United Way of the Plains is proud to partner with Good360 and Toys for Tots to distribute 14,448 toys and games to children in 27 counties across Kansas this holiday season. Through our Give Items of Value (GIV) Warehouse, we have the ability to accept donations from corporate partners and distribute them to nonprofits at no cost, helping them lower overhead expenses.

United Way of the Plains was one of three sites selected nationally to participate in this pilot program to reach children in communities that do not have a Toys for Tots program. GIV has partnered with United Ways and other nonprofits in select counties to distribute the toys through their local assistance programs. Donations include games, dolls, basketballs, soccer balls, electronics, stuffed animals and more for boys and girls age 0 to 14+.

“Collaborations like this allow us to stretch donated dollars to help meet the tangible needs of nonprofits and the people they serve,” said Mark Stump, Director of Direct Services. “Last year, we distributed more than $2 million worth of donated goods to 325 Kansas nonprofits.”

Toys were delivered to the United Way GIV Warehouse last week. They should all be distributed to partners by later this week.

“In a year when more families than ever are facing hardships, this program will ease their burdens and bring joy to children across Kansas on Christmas morning,” said Pete Najera, United Way President & CEO.


MEDIA CONTACT: Kindra Goertzen, Creative Manager, United Way of the Plains, (316) 267-1321, kgoertzen@unitedwayplains.org.

Photos for Download:

Example of toys donated by Toys for Tots to United Way to distribute to nonprofits in Kansas.

Example of toys donated by Toys for Tots to United Way to distribute to nonprofits in Kansas.

Nonprofit loading truck full of toys from United Way.

Nonprofit poses with United Way staff and toys they received from United Way through Toys for Tots.

Nonprofit reps pose with United Way staff in front of a van full of toys they received from United Way.

Nonprofit reps pose with truck full of toys they received from United Way.


Published On: December 8, 2020


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