Making Holidays Happier

For the last 16 winters, the Civic Council has organized a Toys for Tots gift collection drive to help children and families in need. And every year, Park Slope shows its true community spirit by brightening their holidays with hundreds of donated toys and books.

Last year’s program resulted in a record-breaking 1,100 toys, almost twice the amount of any year past. The generous nature of our neighbors and friends in the Park Slope area is wonderful to witness. Businesses and organizations showed an extraordinary amount of cooperation to help gather and distribute donations.

If you’d like to donate for the 17th annual drive, the Civic Council collects new and gently used unwrapped gifts for children ages 12 and under, from Thanksgiving until Little Christmas on Jan. 6, at several locations in the Slope. All the toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need. Visit us in the upcoming weeks at for locations and exact dates.

Want to volunteer for the drive or have your business serve as a drop-off point for toys? Please e-mail us at

— Tom Miskel, former Civic Council president, heads the Toys for Tots program.

 from the Fall 2011 Civic News