In 2020 we served over 700 families and more than 1,500 children. We hope we made a difference.
Important Info and Events
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, found us with two important events Fill the Truck and the Ithaca Eagles Chicken BBQ and Raffle Fundraiser. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Lansing Target store for hosting the event and to everyone who dropped off a toy for the children. We would also like to thank Ithaca Eagles for the many toy donations that came our way. We are grateful for your support year after year. So many wishes will be filled with all of the gifts that we received today. Thank you so much for everyone's continued support.
Yes we are still taking late applications. Please keep in mind that we can only serve children in Tompkins County, NY. We also check with Cornell Elves and Salvation Army to make sure that children are not being served by another program before we can accept any application. To apply late the following information is needed and in this format, so that we can efficiently get the late applications processed.
We cannot process an application if any of this information is missing. We still check Cornell Elf and Salvation Army lists for late applications and cannot serve families who are already being served or whose school chose not to work with us. Any phone calls we receive about late applications will be asked to send an email, as this the way we can best serve the children and stay sane. All calls will be returned after dinner time at night. We can only offer pick up availability at Probation Department on State Street or Triphammer Market Place through Sunday Dec 5, 2021. On Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, only Triphammer Marketplace will be the only option for pickup, as it is the last delivery route we package. Please email the above information to info@CopskidsandToys.org.
Application Deadline is Over
The application deadline is now over. If you are a family or organization looking for help with toys and gifts for children please email firstname.lastname@example.org. When you email us please provide the following information. Parent/Guardian Name, email, phone number, address, children's names, children's birthday, age, male/female, interests and the school that they attend. We also need to know if you are applying to other organizations. We need every piece of this information to process an application, inquiries without all information will not be accepted. There are a few schools that we are not able to verify if you are being helped through the school, and we will not be able to take a late application from that school or district. Much of this work will be done at night as we are working in the toy room during the day.
Why Am I Having To Do an Extra Step for my Application?
Cops, Kids and Toys strives to ensure that applicants to the program are only served through one organization. Many schools work with us, and those that do not the burden of proof is falling on the parents, as the volunteers are limited on time to pull names off applications and the way our applications are done, it is extremely easy for errors to be caused on an application as we pull information off of it. We also do not work with schools outside of Tompkins County, and this also falls on parents to provide proof that their children are not receiving gifts from the school in order to have equity across applications. We are very sorry that parents have to go through this extra hoop, but in order to keep applications confidential we have one person working on the more than 500 applications we receive in any given year. We are grateful to the schools that are willing to work with us to ensure that all children who need gifts are provided them. We will send an email to families where they need to provide proof and it will be on the parent to get the proof and provide it to Cops, Kids and Toys. The deadline for providing this information is Dec. 1, 2021. Cops, Kids and Toys is extremely sorry that we have to ask you to do this extra step. 11/19/2021
Application Deadline is Approaching
A reminder that the Application Deadline is approaching. Sunday, November 21, 2021 is the deadline to apply online to receive holiday gift help from Cops, Kids and Toys. Applicants must be residents of Tompkins County, NY or have a child attend a school in Tompkins County, NY. Applications are online on the Application Page of this web site. Please be sure to tell us the school that your child attends, and NOT his/her grade level. Remember that only one organization can be used to receive holiday gift help for children. Cops, Kids and Toys offer holiday gift assistance to children from birth to seniors in high school, and has been serving Tompkins County, NY for over 40 years. 11/14/2021
Save the Date for a Chicken Dinner Fundraiser at the Eagles
Cops, Kids and Toys Phone update
Our Cops, Kids and Toys phone has not been receiving text messages. We believe we have this fixed now. If you texted us and needed a response and haven't heard back from us, please reach out again. We are very sorry this occurred. We thought we had it fixed earlier at the start of the application process. Calling us and leaving a message will always get a response. Again, we apologize about this and appreciate your understanding. 11/8/2021
Craft Fair 11/20/2021 that Supports Cops, Kids and Toys
Donation Bins Hitting Tompkins County
Donation Bins will start to head out throughout Tompkins County tomorrow, Oct. 30, 2021. A list of donation sites can be found our Donation Page.
Fill the Truck-New Date and Location
Fill the Truck has a new date and a new location for 2021. Fill the Truck will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at the Lansing, NY Target Store from 9am-3pm. Please help us help the children of Tompkins County, NY. 10/26/2021
Where Are the Donation Bins?
We are working to get the donation bins out and around Tompkins County. It is our hope that they are out by the November 1. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department is happy to take any Toy Donations people have. Please know that we appreciate every donation and are working diligently to get the bins out in the community. We know that many in the community have been looking for the bins. Please know that we are working on them and they will be out as soon as possible. Thank you so much for all of the support you give us. We are not able to help the many children and families we do each year without your support. 10/22/2021
Applicants That Are Also In Need of Food
If there are applicants that are also in need of food, please contact Salvation Army and they will assist you with a food basket for Christmas. Applying only for a food basket, will NOT effect your application for Cops, Kids and Toys. If you apply to Salvation Army also for gifts, only one organization will provide you with gifts. Salvation Army Contact. 10/20/2021
We have added a Caroline pick-up to the pick-up points that we had already had on the application. We have 7 pick-up spots in the county: Dryden, Newfield, Groton, Trumansburg, Downtown Ithaca, Triphammer Market Place/Toy Room, and Caroline. We do not have a location for the Caroline spot yet, and are working on it and will update that on the application and here on the web site as soon as it is ironed out. 10/14/2021
Texting and Application
I have not used the Cops, Kids and Toys phone for a few months and just realized that receiving texts had somehow been turned off. I believe it's back on and am sorry if I missed text messages from applicants. I know that I can text and receive return texts to and from my personal email. Please text me back if I asked a question and you haven't received a response for me. I also sent out emails to ensure that people were notified. The application is live and accepting applications. You will receive notice once your application has been reviewed and we have no further questions. Thank you! Dawn 10/3/2021
Applications are being worked on to go live soon. Please be aware that we are doing pick-up again this year. The applicant MUST pick up the toys/gifts for the children. If the applicant is unable to do so, she/he must make arrangements with the people processing applications before the Nov. 21, 2021 deadline. NO CHANGES TO PICK-UP PEOPLE WILL BE MADE AFTER THE DEADLINE. Cops, Kids and Toys serves too many families to make last minute changes, so please plan accordingly. We will handle TRUE emergencies on a case by case basis as they come up and volunteer availability allow. 9/20/2021
Amazon Smile and Cops Kids and Toys
Cops, Kids and Toys is now signed up to raise funds through Amazon Smile. Our link is here. When you use our link or link your Amazon account to Cops, Kids and Toys, we will receive 0.5% of the qualifying purchases you make.
Last updated November 14, 2021 Cops, Kids and Toys 836 Hanshaw Rd Ithaca, New York 14850 607-379-1215