Action News 5 partners with Porter-Leath for 21st annual Toy Truck Drive

Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 3:22 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Porter-Leath’s 21st annual Toy Truck will be rolling into town to collect toys for over 2,000 children, and Action News 5 has once again partnered up to make that happen.

The toy truck will be outside Action News 5 on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10.

“Each year, generous individuals, groups and businesses come together to support our community’s youngest citizens by filling the truck with new toys and providing funding that is matched to fuel our mission,” said Rob Hughes, Vice President of Development at Porter-Leath. “This continued support not only helps preschoolers learn through play, but also makes the holidays a merrier time for their families.”

The mobile toy drive is on tour this month, stopping on Poplar Avenue last week, Union Avenue this weekend, and the IKEA Store in northeast Memphis the week before Christmas.

“At all locations, people can drive by, drop off a toy or monetary donation, and just help us give back to the people we serve,” Mary Braddock said.

The initiative collects unwrapped toys for newborns to children up to the age of 5 for the holiday season with a goal of 2,000 toys this year.

“Any toys that help spark a child’s imagination or help them with pretend play,” Braddock said. “Think about all the things we learn from birth until we turn 5, our colors, our numbers, using our fingers and toes, and walking.”

Year after year, organizers say the donations make a lasting impact on families across the Mid-South.

“The more we can pour into children early in their lives we know it can really pay dividends later in their lives. It sounds like a small thing, a holiday gift, but it really can make a difference, the way that a child can learn and grow.”

You can also text TOY to 50155 to donate. All monetary gifts will be matched by a Secret Santa in the community.

Click here to read more about the toy truck.

If you need ideas on what types of toys to purchase, click here.

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