Holiday Toy Bonanza Toy Drive and Distribution

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Chesterfield County, Va., VA

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About the Program

Category: Libraries (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Chesterfield County Public Library’s 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 “Freeshop” 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.

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