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Seton Hall University

"Christmas in October" Toy Drive

October 1 - 22

Young female wrapping a giftDue to the early end to the semester, the Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) is pushing up its annual toy drive. Each Christmas season, DOVE provides gifts to several schools and agencies in Newark, the Maplewood South Orange School District, and the Don Bosco Youth Center. In addition to local sites, DOVE donates gifts for the impoverished children in Appalachia, West Virginia, as they have done for over 25 years. Many of these children would not receive a Christmas gift if not for DOVE's donations, and we are especially devoted to making Christmas happen for our vulnerable community partners who have felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic most. 

Each year, members of our Seton Hall network donate upwards of 1,500 toys for children in need. We then sort, wrap, and load the gifts into the DOVE vans. It's your generosity that makes this all possible. Thank you for continuing to be a part of this Christmas miracle. Merry Christmas in October!

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Ways to Participate

 Physical Donations

Toys may be dropped off at one of our DOVE donation bin sites across campus, including the DOVE office in Boland Hall; the lobby of the University Center; and the Boland Hall, Aquinas, and Xavier residence halls.

Make a Donation

DOVE has set up a giving campaign to collect monetary donations that will be used in support of the toy drive.

Mail-in Donations

If you wish to send items directly to DOVE, mail to:
DOVE, Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079

DOVE's Wish List (all ages)

  • Puzzles
  • Board Games
  • Crafts
  • Indoor/outdoor active games
  • LEGO Blocks

You may also click here to sign up for a toy tag and fulfill a specific request from a child in need.

University Life Service Points: 1 point for each toy of a $10 value (maximum 2 points)

A thank you note from the Genoa Christian Center in Appalachia:

Dear Seton Hall University and your many elves,

I want to thank each of you who bought a gift for a child. You certainly made a difference in the Christmas for the children here. I wish you could have seen the faces of the parents and children when Santa brought their gifts… they were glowing! Many parents thanked me and I want to extend that to you, who provided the many gifts. May God bless each of you for your generosity.

Sr. Monica

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