As a national nonprofit organization, Toys for Tots lives out its mission to bring the joy of Christmas and deliver a message of hope to needy children in locations all across the United States. Wired Production Group is fortunate to serve the local Linn County chapter of Toys for Tots in Cedar Rapids each year.

What is Toys for Tots?

In 1947, Toys for Tots was founded by a United States Marines Corp member in Los Angeles, with just over 5,000 toys collected before Christmas to deliver to children who may not have celebrated the magic of Christmas without their contribution. In the early 1990s, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was incepted and is now governed by a board of directors comprised of veteran Marines and successful business leaders from across the nation. In the nonprofit’s history, it has distributed over 530 million toys to over 244 million children in the United States. 

Boxes and tables in expo hall lined up and filled with various toys and books collected for Toys for Tots
With the Cedar Rapids population of approximately 137,000 individuals, the Linn County program served over 6,700 in 2023 alone. Linn County’s goal is to provide two toys to each child and give the parents and participating nonprofit organizations a chance to come to the Toy Shop at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center to find that perfect gift that will brighten that child’s day. This past year, over 22,000 toys were distributed to families.

Wired Production Group Supports Local Holiday Gift Donations

Since 2018, Wired Production Group has been a warehouse and delivery sponsor for Toys for Tots in Linn County. Throughout the fall and winter months leading up to the Toys for Tots distribution days, our warehouse team handles all incoming bulk toy donations from toy suppliers from all across the nation. Multiple pallets of toys and books are delivered to our warehouse and safely stored until the distribution volunteers are ready for the items to be delivered to them.

Collage of photos including forklifts unloading pallets of toys off of semi truck and a man using a pallet jack to unload a large pallet-sized box of toys
Additionally, Wired Production Group assists Toys for Tots in Cedar Rapids with toy pick-ups and deliveries from local businesses and organizations that collect toys and are unable to deliver their collected toys to the Toy Shop.
Collage of Wired Production Group staff next to vehicles and toy collection items for Toys for Tots

Why Support Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots not only benefits children but also has a positive impact on communities, on businesses – large and small, on the Marine Corps, and on the nation. As we have a local chapter in our community, we recognize that this is where our staff live, work, and play. Our families are here. Many of us grew up here. We feel it is important to serve the community in which we live and serve others as we are able. 

If you’re interested in getting involved with Toys for Tots in Linn County or your local area, please visit to find your local chapter. You can get involved in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

    • Collect toys: Are you, your family, your business, or your organization interested in hosting a toy drive? Collection boxes will be distributed to community hosts in late October, and collections will be made the first week of December. Connect with your local chapter to sign up as a collection site or register your event. Many local chapters also host virtual toy drives where you can be a part of promoting this virtual collection experience.
    • Make a donation: Toys for Tots accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys and books and monetary donations. Monetary donations can be accepted online or by mail.
    • Volunteer: Volunteers are what makes Toys for Tots possible! From organizers behind the scenes to volunteers sorting toys to trucking companies hauling large toy donations to groups helping families shop at the Toy Shop during distribution days, plenty is to be done! Currently, The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids handles all volunteer registration online

Want to see more behind the scenes of our local Toys for Tots experience? Follow Toys for Tots Linn County on Facebook or Wired Production Group on Instagram. Our team at Wired Production Group looks forward to continuing our partnership with Toys for Tots in 2024 and many years to come!