TEAM Toys 4 Kids Valley Toy Drive underway

The 2016 Valley Toys 4 Kids Campaign is underway and TEAM, Inc. is hoping to provide over 1,300 Valley children in need, with something special under their Christmas tree this year. This campaign collects new, unwrapped toys for the under-served children in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

More than 80 TEAM volunteers celebrated the spirit of caring and giving at the annual Toys 4 Kids kickoff breakfast hosted by Emmett O’Brien Technical School culinary department. Breakfast was prepared and served by the senior class culinary students.

The annual Toys for tots program provides thousands of Christmas toys for children from low income families across the Valley – children who otherwise might “go without” during the holidays. “Many of our children suffer the effects of poverty every day, continuously going without, knowing that luxuries like new toys are simply not available to them. When families are struggling, they have to make decisions during this time of year between paying for heat and rent or buying the children Christmas toys. The Toys 4 Kids toy drive ensures that every child can have a good Christmas,” says Diane Stroman, TEAM’s Executive Vice President. Last year due to the generosity of the community, TEAM provided 1,200 children with toys to place under their Christmas trees.

Donations of new unwrapped toys to Toys4Kids can be dropped off at TEAM, Inc. headquarters, 30 Elizabeth Street in Derby, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and various drop-off sites throughout the Valley. The list of drop off sites can be found on TEAM’s website – Monetary donations are accepted and should be sent to TEAM, Inc., Valley Toys 4 Kids Campaign, 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT. 06418.

Applications for the program are currently being accepted weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 15 at TEAM, Inc.’s headquarters located at 30 Elizabeth Street in Derby.

Parents/guardians who apply for the program must meet low income eligibility requirements and provide identification and proof of residence for themselves and a birth certificate or social security card for their children.

For additional information on donations, volunteering or the application process, contact Diane Stroman at or 203-736- 5420 ext. 234.