These local organizations collect new toys and clothes to help make the holidays joyful in Little Rock. I've listed contacted information so you can also apply to receive toys for your child if you are in need. If you want to donate to local food banks or need food or assistance, check my list of local food banks and shelters.
If you want to donate: Part of the fun is going to the mall and choosing your angel. The angels are separated into age groups. The angels are available at many Wal-Mart locations and at Park Plaza and McCain Malls. You can also adopt online. You have to deliver the toys, unwrapped, to the Salvation Army or the site where you chose your angel.
If you need help: The Salvation Army requires you to apply for your child to be an angel in person, call 501-374-9296 for more details or visit 1505 N. 18th Street. Applications usually close in November, but call to be sure.
If you want to donate: Call the main office to find out what they need, 501-376-4567.
If you need help: Visit their website to find out about their services or call 501-376-4567.
If you want to donate: A dove tree is a small Christmas tree decorated with gift tag ornaments that list specific Christmas wishes for the adolescents and teens at Youth Home. For more information, contact Youth Home at 501-821-5500.
If you need help: To participate, teens must already be admitted to the facility, but if your family has a troubled teen, call 501-821-5500 for information.
If you want to donate: Every year, Stuff the Sleigh has a toy drive with local school and post wish lists online. You can check their website for the lists when they are available.
If you want to donate: You can donate new unwrapped toys to any Toys R Us or Babies R Us location. They also have a weekend (Dec 7 - 9, 2012) where the Marines are at collecting toys, with a big parade at the KSSN Studios parking lot (info about the parade).
If you need help: This year toys for tots is not taking requests from individuals, but working with many organizations. They are taking requests for assistance until the middle of December. Requests for assistance
If you want to donate: The Little Rock Compassion Center takes monetary donations online or they accept volunteers. They also take food, thrift store and toy donations. Call 501-296-9114
If you need help: Visit their website to find out about their services or call 501-296-9114.