Christmas Activities and Events - Toy Shop and Food Box Distribution

Volunteers are needed to assist with our annual Toy Shop and Food Box Distribution!

At this event, individuals who have signed up for Christmas Assistance, parents and grandparents looking to receive toys for their children to open on Christmas morning and those in need of food, will come to the Toy Shop/Food Box Distribution location to "shop" and/or pick up their food box.

To ensure that the event is successful, we rely on the support of volunteers! Volunteers will be assisting with the following tasks:

  • Acting as personal shoppers. (Walking alongside parents/grandparents to help them pick out items for their children/grandchildren).
  • Helping to carry out items to each person's car after shopping.
  • Serving as "stockers", making sure that tables stay stocked with toys. Moving toys from backstock to tables for individuals to shop. (This includes breaking down boxes, condensing, etc.)
  • Helping to distribute to food boxes and carrying/loading them into each person's care.


Shift times have been broken down into 2 hour time slots. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple time shifts.

Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your volunteer shift time to allow plenty of time for check in and volunteer instructions. You will be assigned to a specific role upon your arrival. 

Location: Toy Shop and Food Box Distribution will take place at our Toy Warehouse in Peoria this year. The specific address will be shared with you after you have signed up and your volunteer assignment has been confirmed.

Parking: Parking will be in the parking lot directly in front of the building.

Dress: Please dress modestly and comfortably - Christmas attire is encouraged!

*If possible, please leave all personal belongings including your purse/wallet locked in your car or at home. We will have a private area for volunteer and Salvation Army staff coats.

*Food and drinks will be available for you to enjoy prior to your volunteer shift start time or following your volunteer shift.