2013-11-15 / Community

Toy For Tots Sets Up New Pickup Option

Toys for Tots is announcing a significant widening of its annual New York City drive by offering toy pickups from any residence or business in the five boroughs. Through the generosity of Gett, a leading mobile app for ordering black car rides in New York, donors will now have the option of having their toys picked up.

Gett drivers will be sent at no charge to pick up toy donations (new toys only) on-demand from any address within New York City.

Donors will still have the option to drop off toys at pre-set locations, as in years past.

Last year, New Yorkers dropped off 400,000 toys at Toys for Tots collection boxes throughout the city, which were then distributed to underprivileged children who would otherwise not receive a gift for the holidays.

This year, Toys for Tots believes the number of toys donated will significantly increase due to tapping into a new pool of donors, through pickups, who may otherwise not have donated.

Anyone with several or more toys for donation can use the Gett app to schedule a pickup.

“We are very excited to significantly broaden the reach of this year’s Toys for Tots New York City toy drive with on-site toy pickups through the generosity of Gett,” said Marine Sgt. Dustin Ramirez, Coordinator of Toys for Tots NYC.

“We and our drivers are very proud and excited to be part of Toys for Tots’ annual drive, and we are thrilled that our service will enable more toys to be donated.

“Donors can simply download the Gett app, confirm their address and schedule a pickup for a specific day/time using our ‘future booking’ feature, all at no charge,” added Gett CEO Jing Herman.

Donors can also enjoy a $20 credit toward their first Gett ride using the code “TOYS4TOTS”.

Toys for Tots, a 65 year national charitable program is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, whose aim is to bring happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season.

Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.2 million less fortunate children.

For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

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