The 2019 Traveling Stories Toy Drive has officially kicked off! Running this year from November 12th to December 17th, all donations made help support out StoryTent programs. These toys will act as prizes for the 2020 program year.

How Toys Encourage Reading

For every book a child reads at a Traveling Stories StoryTent, they earn a Book Buck. Young readers are able to negotiate for additional Books Bucks if the books are more challenging. Once enough Book Bucks are earned, they are able to be redeemed from prizes that range anywhere from mechanical pencils to basketballs and field-trips! We have found that incentivized programs like with encourage young readers to not only read more books, but read more challenging books.

How Toys Can Be Donated

Those wishing to make a donation can bring unwrapped toys to one of our many drop-off locations:

  • Carling Communications: 2550 5th Avenue, Suite 150 San Diego, CA 92104
  • IDW Publishing: 2765 Truxtun Rd., San Diego, 92106
  • SD Reader: 2323 Broadway Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92102
  • Brunch Bus San Diego, Bloody Mary Obsessed, InsideOUT: Community Party – December 7th from 11am to 2pm, University Ave Suite 100, San Diego, California 92103
  • Schmidt Fire Protection: 4760 Murphy Canyon Rd # 100, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Waypoint Public in North Park: 3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Allison McCloskey Escrow Company: 1336 Garnet Avenue San Diego, CA 92109
  • Allstate Insurance in PB: 10 Grand Avenue Suite 203, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Simply Local: 3013 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
  • City Heights Farmer’s Market: 4325 Wightman Street, San Diego, CA 92105
  • Parkway Plaza (admin office): 415 Parkway Plaza (Management Office), El Cajon, CA 92020 (Get 4 movie passes when you drop a toy off here!)
  • Cali Comfort BBQ: 8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 92182
  • SDSU College of Extended Studies: 5250 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92182-1920
  • San Diego Sockers Holiday Game: December 22nd Game is at 5:05, Bring a Toy to the Traveling Stories Table located just outside main entrance – 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

How To Pick The Right Toy

Trying to determine the best toy to donate this year? The current items on the StoryTent Kids’ Wish List are listed below. To make it even easier, we have also included the list to the Traveling Stories Amazon Wish List.

  • Dolls
  • Play Doh
  • Hot Wheels Cars
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Slime/Silly Putty
  • Board Games
  • LEGOs
  • Journals
  • Art Supplies
  • New Stuffed Animals
  • WalMart Gift Cards
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Sports Balls/Equipment
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Science Kits
  • Target Gift Cards
  • Bubbles
  • Fidget Cubes
  • Fidget Spinners
  • Parachute Men
  • Kites
  • Family Game Sets
  • Dinosaurs
  • Chicken Fling
  • Stickers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Card Games
  • Dress-Up Jewelry
  • Airplanes
  • Musical Toys

As Always, Traveling Stories is extremely grateful for all the support and donations received throughout the year. Let’s work together to make the 2020 StoryTent Programs even better!