How to Register for Toys for Tots

By: Kathryn Whitbourne  | 

Shaquille O'Neal, U.S. Marine Corp., Toys for Tots
Shaquille O'Neal (Shaq-A-Claus), joined by Teresa Wilhite of Toys For Tots Atlanta and members of the U.S. Marine Corp., visits Humphries Elementary School as part of the Marines Toys for Tots program on Dec. 5, 2013 in Atlanta. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Toys'R'Us

If you're going through a rough time financially, rest assured that there are organizations donating their time and money to ensure your children don't feel deprived during the holiday season. The U.S. Marine Corps collects toy donations from generous citizens across the United States and distributes them to children in need, through a program called "Toys for Tots." If you would like to register so your children receive gifts, rest assured that signing up online is easy. Ensure that your children have a holiday they'll never forget. Just follow the steps listed below and learn about how you can register for Toys for Tots online.

  1. Go to the website
  2. Click on the button entitled Request a Toy, at the top of the screen.
  3. Near the bottom of the page you'll see a message that says, "If you would like to apply for assistance from Marine Toys for Tots this Christmas CLICK HERE." Click on it to find your local campaign.
  4. On the Find Your Local Campaign page, choose your state.
  5. Next, choose your city. You will be redirected to a Toys for Tots website specific to your region.
  6. Click on the button titled Request a Toy, found at the top of the screen.
  7. Contact your area's coordinator by email, phone call or text, depending on the instructions given for your area on the screen. The website will list the names and contact information of the coordinators. You usually have to live in the area that the local campaign serves.
  8. Some websites will direct you to fill out an online form, rather than calling or emailing.
  9. Remember to include your name, phone number and address. In addition, list how many children you have, their genders and their ages [source: Toys for Tots].
  10. Nonprofits need to fill out a special form to request toys.

A coordinator will call you to verify your contact information. The application deadlines vary by city and state.


Note: Due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, some areas have discontinued their Toys for Tots programs in 2020. Others have seen a greater demand than usual for toys and have started early distribution of toys. Check the local website or contact your local coordinator to find out the plans for 2020.


Originally Published: Apr 19, 2011