October 15th was Blog Action Day. Over 12,000 bloggers banded together to discuss a single issue – poverty. I am sad to say that I didn’t know about this until the following day. Well, now I have something to discuss on this topic and I need your help!

I’ve always had a deep desire to do something to help people, but never stepped outside of my little box other than to donate money or sponsoring a child far far away. I’ve never really gotten involved personally, until now. I’m excited to say that I’ve started a mission project at my church! Yeah! I’m excited, but also freaking out a little!

I started by asking around for something my MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group could do to help needy families in our community. I was then introduced to Pastor Roy Frady, of Willow Creek Fellowship of Plano, who serves mostly an underprivileged, multicultural congregation. From talking with Pastor Frady, I realized this community was in dire need of help. Along with needing food and clothing, he told me many of the children got nothing for Christmas last year, but small things the church handed out. I couldn’t believe families living only 15 minutes from me couldn’t afford to buy their kids ONE toy, when I have an ENTIRE playroom overflowing with them!

Amazingly, Pastor Frady has come up with ways to provide this community with food, clothing and school supplies. Well, then by golly… I wanted our MOPS group to provide them with toys!!!

This is how Gifts of Grace- Toys for East Plano was started and where I need your help blog land:-) Please, Please help a child in need. All you have to do is 3 simple steps!!

1. Cut out a tag provided on this pdf file.

2. Purchase a toy.

3. Mail your NEW toy with a securely attached tag by Nov. 30th to:

Grace Community Church
Att: Toys for East Plano
4501 Hedgcoxe Road
Plano, Texas 75024

**Please mail gifts by November 30th
You may send wrapped or unwrapped toys as long as you include a tag.

Our goal is to provide 800 Toys for this community need. Please help us reach our goal and make a difference in a child’s life!

I can’t wait to show you photos of the day we get to hand out these toys to the families! I hear there will be a long line of very thankful people wrapped all around the church. I just pray we get enough gifts for each child! If you live in my community and would like to help, please contact me.

For more information about participating churches please visit: www.findgrace.org and www.willowcreekfellowship.us

We only have a few weeks to get 800 TOYS!

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Originally published on November 4, 2008. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto

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  1. I am starting a toy drive in my town of Florence Ms and I decided on the name Gifts of Grace (great minds think alike huh hehe). I decided to google it and see what came up and it led me here. I wanted to make sure it was okay with you to use your name and logo for our community toy drive.

    Also, good job on serving others and the Lord!!

    God Bless,
    Amanda Jones

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