CGS Toy Drive

for Durham Rescue Mission

Durham Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the vulnerable members of our community. Every Christmas season, DRM hosts a gift-giving party in which toys are given to children in need. For many of these children, this will be the only Christmas present they receive. DRM relies on the generous donations of members of the Durham community to provide these toys for the children. We as the Church of the Good Shepherd have provided almost 800 toys for the children over the past two years.

This year, we hope to provide 500 toys for the children in need in our community! Please pray that our contributions will impact the community and change lives for Jesus.

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'"

~ Matthew 19:14

How You Can Contribute

Drop-off toys at the Church

Drop-off new, unopened toys at the collection boxes on Sunday, November 21st, Sunday, November 28th and Sunday, December 5th. Collection boxes will be available during the Sunday service. Need toy ideas? Click here for some of our suggested gifts.

Ship Directly via Amazon or Other Online Retailer

Find toys online and have them shipped directly to the church at Toy Drive c/o Church of the Good Shepherd at 3741 Garrett Road, Durham, NC, 27707. Please make sure they will arrive by December 2nd. You can find some suggested toys and Amazon links by clicking here.

Ship from Your Home

If you would like to purchase toys and ship them yourself, please ship them to Toy Drive c/o Church of the Good Shepherd at 3741 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707. Please plan for your gifts to be delivered by December 2nd. Attached here are printable address labels for your package.

Need help?

Take a look at some frequently asked questions below, or send a message through the contact information below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I donate used toys?

No, we cannot accept used or opened toys. We want to ensure that every child will receive a new gift for Christmas, so all donations must be unopened and in their original packaging. Durham Rescue Mission cannot accept used toys for the gift-giving party. Please do not drop off or ship used toys.

When do the toys need to arrive?

The last in-person toy drop off is December 5th at 1:00 pm.

Shipped toys need to arrive by Thursday, December 2nd.

If you are shipping from an online retailer, especially given current supply chain issues, please ensure that the toys will arrive on time before placing your order. Toys must arrive by the above dates to ensure that they will be ready for the gift-giving party.

Where should the toys be dropped off?

Collection boxes will be located by the front office during the week and by the sanctuary on Sundays.

Are there any limitations on what toys can be donated?

If you would like to purchase toys that are not on the idea lists or from other online stores, please consider the following guidelines when making your selections:

  • Toys must be brand new in original packaging.

  • No guns or weapons.

What toys are most needed?

The greatest need is for toys for children 8 to 12 years old. There is a particular need for sports equipment, such as basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, etc.

Should I wrap the gifts?

No, please do not wrap the gifts. Durham Rescue Mission needs the gifts unwrapped so they can organize them for the gift-giving party.

Do I need to use Amazon when shipping from online?

No, you are welcome to use whatever online retailer you prefer. However, please ensure that the toys will arrive on-time and in good condition.

Can I donate money instead of toys?

No, we can only accept toys.