Holiday Toy Bonanza Toy Drive and Distribution
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Chesterfield County, Va., VA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Libraries (Best in Category)
Chesterfield County Public Libraryâs Holiday Toy Bonanza was a toy donation drive and distribution event, designed to allow citizens to contribute to their community and to connect with the library. Toys were collected at all library locations, sorted and cleaned, and redistributed at âFreeshopâ events to self-identified families in need just before the winter holidays. At these events, items were displayed in categories and citizens shopped for free. These events allowed the library to contribute to the community, while the shop-like structure of the event maintained a level of dignity for those selecting items. The outcome was strengthening community connection by using the library as a central hub and building community trust in county government.