Holiday Toy Drive

Thank you to all parents and students considering donating toys for our annual drive to help the students of Dogwood Elementary, our Title I sister school based in Reston. Your generosity has a significant impact on these students — the poverty rate at Dogwood is approximately 80% (household incomes less than $20,000).


Each year nearly 400 students receive a gift chosen by their parents from the "holiday shop" hosted by the Dogwood Elementary parent liaisons — made possible by the contributions of the CRS community and other company sponsors. For many of these students, the gift from this "shop" is the only gift they'll receive.


Donations will be collected every morning from DATES TBA, in the specially marked grey bins in the lobby, by the PTA room, and in the Mods.


You can sign up to help collect gifts (DATES TBA; just a 15-minute commitment!) or deliver gifts on TBA on our volunteer form.


Check back for the volunteer sign-up link during the month of November.

Holiday Toy Drive for Dogwood

Shopping Guidelines

  • Please choose age-appropriate toys for students between the ages of 3 to 12 as Dogwood has students in Head Start (3 to 4 year-olds) and grades Kindergarten through 6.

  • Please keep gifts to a cost of no more than $30.

  • Please DO NOT purchase toy guns or other weapons (including NERF products).

  • Gift cards to Target or Walmart are always welcome as sometimes there are gaps in the number of toys provided for specific ages. The Dogwood Elementary parent liaisons will shop for toys to fill in as needed.

  • Keep gifts unwrapped.

  • If purchasing a gift that requires batteries, please include them as well. Unfortunately, given the cost of batteries, families cannot always afford them.

Gift Suggestions

  • Educational Toys

  • Legos, Knex, and other building toys

  • Board Games

  • Art Supplies & Coloring Books

  • Puzzles

  • Books for various reading levels

  • Craft Kits

  • Jewelry Making Kits

  • Action Figures

  • Dolls

  • Stuffed Animals

  • Sports Accessories (all sizes of soccer balls and basketballs)

Retailer websites, such as Amazon (don't forget you can use AmazonSmile!), Target, and Walmart, allow you to sort by age for appropriate options if you need more guidance.

Questions? Contact the VP of Community Relations.