Toy Store

What we do: The Community Toy Store is an annual event in partnership with We Care and local churches to provide families with brand new toys, up to two per child, at a 75% markdown from retail prices. Parents are able to sign up with a number of local school districts and agencies, and shop at NW Baptist Church. We expect to be able to serve up to 250 referred families this holiday season.   Dates for 2024 TBD.

How to help: The main way to help is to donate new toys and gift cards or volunteer to set up, help shoppers or clean up.  Toys with a retail price between $12-$40 sell the best.  Donated toys can be dropped off at NW Baptist Church (3545 NW Ave, Bellingham) at the designated time.  Gift cards to department stores are also accepted and will be used to purchase more toys. $25 gift cards (to stores that do not sell food, alcohol or tobacco) will be available for teen gifts. Popular cards are for make up, jewelry, sporting goods, video games, electronics and clothing.   Gift bags, wrapping paper, tags and tape are also accepted.

Here are some toy ideas you could consider donating:  

  • Lego sets
  • Art kits
  • Board games
  • Dolls of various skin tones 
  • Large stuffed animals
  • Hot Wheels sets
  • Bikes, scooters, helmets
  • Preschool pretend play sets
  • Action figures
  • Disney Princesses
  • Sports equipment
  • Radio control vehicles with batteries
  • An Amazon Registry is available here.  (Send directly to Cornwall church or deliver to NW Baptist)
  • No weapons or stocking stuffers please. 
  • $25 gift cards to clothing and electronic stores for teens
  • Teen gifts like insulated water bottles, fuzzy blankets, magnetic dart boards, ear buds, and make up kits.
How to be referred to shop: The Bellingham Public School District, Lynden School District, Meridian School District, Love INC, Opportunity Council Head Start Program and select churches are accepting referrals. Please contact your school counselor or fill out the “Get Help Form.” Space is limited, so referrals may not be available.  Drop-in shoppers cannot be accommodated. 

2023 Sponsors:  Costco and WECU