Toys for Tots is a program that many people throughout the US are familiar with, largely through the toy drop boxes that are placed in businesses and stores before the winter holidays. The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect brand-new toys each year to distribute to less-fortunate children in local communities where the program is present. Donating toys isn’t the only way to help out, though. People can volunteer to sort toys, pack toys, and distribute toys as well. This holiday season, EBSCO Research lent a hand to this giving organization.

A group of staff members from EBSCO Research met with other volunteers of all ages at a Toys for Tots warehouse on November 23, 2013, to help pack toys and books for distribution to local churches and schools. The enormous warehouse contained rows of large boxes filled with toys, sorted by age and gender. Some volunteers were chosen to place toys in bags for distribution, while others sorted through a variety of books. “We weren’t just putting toys into bags,” says Leo Castro, EBSCO Research’s graphic designer. “We were digging for the best combinations of toys that we thought would put smiles on the faces of the less-fortunate children around us.” The mission of Toys for Tots was clear as people from all over Atlanta came together this season to bring joy to others.

Toys for Tots is an organization that you can help out year-round, not just during the winter holidays. If you’re interested in volunteering, donating, or simply learning more about the organization, visit

EBSCO Research would like to wish everyone a happy 2014!