2022 ‘Stuff The Van’ Toy Drive in Casper Kicks Off Dec. 12th
"I have seen holidays in booms and busts, on the tails of tragedies and triumphs, and each and every year, Casper has always answered the call and stepped up to care of our local kids."
Tis the season for helping Casper kids – as the Stuff The Van Toy Drive returns for year #25 - December 12th through the 17th, presented by Greiner Ford, Powered by Lithia.
Our mission is the same as in the past – collecting toys and gifts to make sure no Casper child goes without this Christmas – and feeding them well beyond the holidays, with the vital Weekend Food Bags provided through the Wyoming Food for Thought Project.
Our families this year are served by the Wyoming Food for Thought Project, the Casper Housing Authority, the Boys & Girls Club, the Child Development Center, and Orr’s Hope Foundation – and this year, the need is bigger than ever. Join us live at Walmart East from 7 ‘til 7 each day, as we collect new, unwrapped toys and clothes for kids of all ages, plus cash – over 3,000 kids on our Christmas list so far, with more expected. Watch this space and listen daily for updates on specific needs across the Townsquare Media family of stations – 104.7 KISS-FM, K2 Radio, My Country 95.5, Rock 96.7, 107.9 JACK-FM, and AM 1400 The Cowboy.
When: December 12th - December 17th | 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Where: Walmart East | 4400 E 2nd St, Casper, WY 82609
How To Help: Stop by and make a donation of new, unwrapped toys and clothes for kids of all ages. Cash is accepted on site and monetary donations are accepted online.
“In the past 24 Christmases, we’ve seen a little of everything at Stuff The Van", says Jamie Purcell, director of Food for Thought. "We see people roll up with a car load of gifts, and we see kids spend their allowance to help other kids in need. Everyone makes a difference. Every gift matters.” We will have a shed from French Creek Designs on site and heaters from our friends at Hotsy if you want to stop by.
“I have seen holidays in booms and busts, on the tails of tragedies and triumphs, and each and every year, Casper has always answered the call and stepped up to care of our local kids. This is shaping up to be both the most challenging year to operate in, combined with the biggest year of need we’ve seen in our history - and I’m hoping Casper digs deep to make sure we get these 3,000 kids in a better spot. It’s so much more than Christmas presents - we’re seeing the same food insecurity in Casper that’s going on across the country right now, and the funds we collect are the difference between being able to feed these kids that don’t know where their next meal coming from, or turning people away.”
“We’re being extra careful this year, and putting extra emphasis on online donations, which is certainly the safest and easiest way to help, particularly for folks in the higher risk groups - but we’ll also be at Walmart East as usual from 7-7 Monday through Saturday. We sincerely hope you know how much we appreciate you and what a difference you’ve made for our local kids over the years.”
We’d love to see you in person at Walmart East from December 12-17, but as always, you’re welcome to stay warm and donate anytime online here. Thanks in advance, for 20+ years of giving – with your help, we’ll make year #25 the biggest Stuff The Van yet.
2022 Wishlist Items:
Gifts for all ages:
- Ear buds/headphones
- Card games
- Wireless speakers
- Sports themed items
- Socks, slippers, fuzzy socks
- Bikes, skateboards, helmets
- Board Games
Gifts for children:
- Cars & Trucks
- Hot Wheels sets
- Nerf Guns
- Army men (& women)
- Dinosaur sets
- Minecraft, Fortnight, Star Wars
- Action Figures
- Dolls, Barbies, and accessories
- Playdough sets
- Board Games
- Winter gear
- Body care sets
- Dress-up sets (prince, princess, swords, hats)
- Bikes, skateboards, helmets, hover boards
Gifts for teens/young adults:
- Make-up & nail polish sets
- Sports equipment (football, basketballs)
- Winter gear (hats, gloves)
- Headbands, buffs
- Cell phone cases & pop sockets
- Bath bombs/skincare facemasks
- Video games rated E
- Cross-body purses, clutches/wallets, jewelry
- Men & women’s body wash sets & lotion
- Portable cell phone charger
- Yeti/Tervis style mugs/water bottles
- RC Cars, planes, etc.
- Board games
- Art sets
- Fuzzy blankets
Gift cards (in the amount of $10, $15, $25, $50):
- Ulta Beauty