Since 2000, Toy Truck has provided holiday cheer to thousands of children served by Porter-Leath during the holiday season. These gifts provide each child with something that's fun for them, but also that shows that our community cares. Donations at Toy Truck fall into two categories, monetary gifts and toys. All donations stay in the Memphis area and are given to local children connected to Porter-Leath services. 

Monetary gifts are matched by our Secret Santa and used to provide gifts for children where we may be short on toy collections, or if there's a special need. Monetary gifts are not limited to cash; checks and credit card donations are also accepted as well as matched dollar for dollar. Monetary gifts are a fantastic way to give and extremely helpful as they allow Porter-Leath flexibility in meeting the need. Most donors find it to be the easiest option as no shopping is required.

For those wanting to give a bike to a child, but don't have time to assemble one or lug it around town, gifts of $68 increments are designated for bikes - and they're matched! On average, over $50,000 is collected during Toy Truck, which is then matched by our Secret Santa, and used to provide gifts for children in Porter-Leath early childhood education sites as well as clients in other Porter-Leath programs, including our Foster Grandparents and our children in Connections. To give now, visit our Ways to Give page.

Toy and bicycle donations fill the 20' Toy Truck each and every year. Donated toys should be new and unwrapped, and we ask that no toy weapons, games with dice or play money, or stuffed animals are donated. Items with small parts, like Hot Wheels, should also be avoided since so many of the children receiving gifts are under age 5. For more toy suggestions, visit our Toy Ideas page. Bicycle donations have been a signature part of Toy Truck since the beginning, with bikes going to children with exemplary and extraordinary performance in our Preschool program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Toy Truck?

Toy Truck is a toy and donation drive for children served by one of Porter-Leath's focus areas. We want to ensure that all children involved with us, the majority of which are under 5 years old, have a quality holiday gift that will help them continue to imagine, learn and play all year long!

How many children do you collect toys for?

Over 2,000 preschoolers ages six weeks-5 years old and about 80 children ages 8 to 18.

What are the best toys to donate to the Toy Truck?

Preschool toys for ages 0 - 5 years of age. Dolls, balls, educational toys, preschool games, toy trucks, etc. Just look on the item tags or labels for age information. For more toy ideas, check out the Toy Ideas page.

What type of toys are not accepted?

Used toys, toy guns, toy knives, hot wheels, playing cards, games with dice or play money, and stuffed animals.

Do I have to donate a toy or can I donate cash?

You can donate cash, check, or make a credit card donation onsite at Toy Truck or mail your gift directly to Porter-Leath at 3400 Prescott Road, Memphis, TN 38118. All monetary donations are matched dollar for dollar by our Secret Santa.

Can I donate my toys before or after Toy Truck?

Yes, you can bring your toys to Porter-Leath at 3400 Prescott Road, Memphis, TN 38118.

Can I volunteer to help at Toy Truck?

The Toy Truck is staffed by Porter-Leath employees that volunteer their time before we open to the public. Contact our Engagement Manager at ameekins@porterleath.org to see what volunteer opportunities might be available.

Can my group collect toys and donations for Toy Truck?

Yes, we encourage businesses, organizations, and groups to organize their own collection drive and deliver onsite to Toy Truck. Make sure to get a group photo in front of the truck!

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