MEMPHIS, Tennessee – International Paper will present the 17th annual Toy Truck to collect toys for 6,200 children, ages birth to age 5, served by Porter-Leath’s Preschool program. The toy drive will be held at the Poplar Collection Shopping Center from Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 8. WMC Action News 5 will host the final stop on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15.
Toy Truck, which began in 2000, invites local individuals, groups and businesses to fill a large truck with new, unwrapped toys for Porter-Leath Preschool children. The annual community campaign collects age-appropriate toys that promote early learning — such as dolls, trucks and building blocks. This is the first year that Poplar Collection, home to Village Toymaker, hosts the toy drive. All gifts will be delivered to Memphis children who may not receive another gift over the holidays.
You can drop off new, unwrapped toys as well as cash, check or credit card donations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Poplar Collection, 4615 Poplar Ave., from Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m at WMC Action News 5, 1960 Union Ave, on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Visitors can also see Santa Claus at the Poplar Collection from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at WMC from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All monetary gifts delivered to Toy Truck, and made online, will be matched by a Secret Santa in the community.
“Toy Truck has inspired so much support from our community over the years, which has helped facilitate countless opportunities at home for children to learn through play,” said Rob Hughes, Vice President of Development at Porter-Leath. “We welcome our neighbors to come support our kids again at the Poplar Collection!”
Porter-Leath has served as a Shelby County Early Head Start provider for 20 years. In addition, the organization is the sole Head Start contractor to Shelby County Schools. The organization provides over 6,000 disadvantaged infants and toddlers with a high quality early childhood education at no cost, while also supporting their development through nutritious meals, health screenings, disability services, and mental health services.
Since its inception in 1850, Porter-Leath has cared for children with life challenges while continually broadening its programs to fill the community’s needs. The organization’s comprehensive range of early childhood services — Cornerstone, Preschool, Generations and Books from Birth — engages the child, family and community in an immersive learning experience that supports early social, emotional and cognitive growth. To learn more visit porterleath.org.