Holiday Hope: How to apply, where to donate

Holiday Hope

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – With the holiday season upon us, WSAV is working to ensure every child in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry has a gift this Christmas.

For two decades, WSAV has teamed with The Salvation Army of Savannah for Holiday Hope, a toy drive that will serve 7,000 children in our Georgia communities. And we are once again partnering with Bluffton Self Help to serve South Carolinians.

The application period for Coastal Empire residents has closed, but those living in the Lowcountry can still apply through Bluffton Self Help. See the details below.

Scroll down to view participating Walmart locations where you can drop off toys.

How to apply

Bluffton Self Help has extended its deadline for toy registration until Dec. 9. Residents in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties are eligible to register children 12 years of age or younger.

Registration is held in a drive-thru format behind the Bluffton Self Help facility at 39 Sheridan Park Circle. The drive-thru is open on Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. (the only time a Spanish speaking translator will be on-site) and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Masks are required for drivers and any passengers in each car.

Applicants must have:

  • Photo ID
  • Current utility bill OR 2020 government benefit award letter
  • Birth certificate(s) for any child/children that did not receive toys in 2019
  • If legal guardian, bring proof of guardianship or custodial papers

Contact Julia Violi at julia@blufftonselfhelp.org or call 843-757-8000 option 3 with any questions.

Where to give

Toy collection will run from Monday, Nov. 30 through Monday, Dec. 14. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, WSAV will not hold in-person toy drives from Walmart this year.

But we will have boxes at the following particpiating Walmart locations, making it easy to give:

  • Ogeechee Road
  • Montgomery Crossroads
  • Whitemarsh Island (one entrance)
  • Southside Abercorn Street
  • Rincon
  • Pooler
  • Hardeeville
  • Bluffton
  • Hilton Head Island (one entrance)
  • Beaufort
  • Lady’s Island

Due to social distancing standards, WSAV is unable to host our traditional phone banks. But we will host our on-air and in-person Holiday Hope Finale Toy Collection event from Grayson Stadium on Monday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Bluffton Self-Help will start distributing toys in early December through Dec. 16. Salvation Army’s toy distribution is scheduled for Dec. 16 to 18.

Thanks for celebrating the giving season with WSAV and our partners.

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