Holiday Toy Drive

We will regift your gently-used toys directly to refugee and immigrant children in need! 

Girl with toy donationsCleaning out your kids’ rooms before the holidays? Looking for a way for your kids to give as they receive? A refugee or immigrant child would love to receive your gently-loved toys, books, stuffed animals, and art supplies!

The International Institute of Minnesota is expanding its toy-gifting program by collecting even more gently-used (or new) toys to regift during the holidays to children ages 0-18 who are starting a new life in Minnesota.

We will accept donations Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please note that we will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. Our office is located at:

1694 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

If you would like to spread the holiday love a little further, please consider making a cash donation as well. Any amount is appreciated and will fund the programming that helps these children’s parents become self-sufficient.

*UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who made our holiday toy drive a success! We are no longer able to accept toy donations as of March 1, 2016. Thank you again for brightening the lives of refugee children.

6 thoughts on “Holiday Toy Drive

  1. I have winter coats, hats and a pair of kid winter boots size 2. As well, I have boys clothes sizes 5-8 (shorts, pants, shirts, socks). I also have toys, including puzzles, stuffed animals, books. I have some plates and coffee/espresso cups. I may have blankets. I’m sure I could find more items in my storage that I never use. If there is anything critical you need, let me know. I may have it.

    Thanks so much.

    • Michele,

      Thank you for your generosity! We have a need for winter coats, hats, boots, and toys. We don’t have space for the other items at this time, but we are grateful for you thinking of us!


        • Ying,

          Thank you for your interest in supporting refugees. We do not have the space to accept clothes (besides coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and new socks). There are four other refugee resettlement agencies in the Twin Cities that might be able to take sweaters. They are Arrive Ministries, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, and Minnesota Council of Churches.

          Thank you again!

  2. Please offer dropoff options for people who work during the week. I have coats, hats, mittens boots and books, but there’s no way I can swing by 8-4:30 M-F.

    • Maria,

      I am sorry that we are not able to accommodate your schedule. I believe that some of the larger refugee resettlement agencies have more flexible drop-off times and would love your winter items. I encourage you to contact them. They are Arrive Ministries, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, and Minnesota Council of Churches. Thank you very much for supporting refugees!


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