When we give to programs like Toys for Tots, we share the gift of joy with kids and families who need a little help this holiday season.

Helix Water District is serving as a drop-off location for the 2021 Toys for Tots program, to make the holidays a little brighter for families in need.

Over the next few weeks, until Wednesday, December 15, please bring in a new, unwrapped toy and we will deliver it to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  On Christmas, Marine Corps coordinators will work with local nonprofits to distribute the gifts to families in and around East County. 

Helix Water District Administration Office Lobby

7811 University Avenue

La Mesa, CA 91942

Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


Lake Jennings Bait Shop

9535 Harrit Road

Lakeside, CA 92040

Open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday

You can also donate virtually by creating a virtual toy box at toysfortotsbox.com.


Wondering what to buy? Here are some helpful answers from the Marine Corps:

Q: Is there a list of toys available to help me?
Toys for Tots does not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate.  If such a list were created, most would follow it, resulting in a limited selection of items to distribute in each community.  We would rather our donors consider what might be an appropriate gift for their own child or relative, purchase the item and donate it to Toys for Tots.

 Q: Shopping for preteens and teens is especially difficult.  Do you have any ideas?
Toys for Tots does purchase supplemental toys and gifts for our campaign sites and focuses on these age groups.  In the past, items purchased for these groups have included but are not limited to radio controlled cars and trucks, sporting equipment, bags and balls, skateboards and helmets, board games, books, backpacks, purses, handheld electronics, cosmetics, bath gift sets, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers.

Q: Are there toys or gifts that are not accepted?
Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons or gifts with food.  If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.

Q: Should I gift wrap my donated toy?



From all of us at Helix Water District, thank you for your donation.



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