It’s that time of year and Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles is gearing up for their annual Day of Giving on Saturday, December 14 at the Paso Robles Event Center. “We partner with Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army to bring some joy to about 1400 children on Christmas morning,” said Bill Pluma, a 20-year volunteer with the
nonprofit organization. 

The Day of Giving requires more than 120 volunteers to organize the event and distribute toys, coats and food gift cards to registered families. “However, before we can have a Day of Giving, we have to get the word out to parents who are struggling financially,” Pluma said. Toy Bank volunteers work with social service agencies, family resource centers and local schools to identify families in need.  

Parents are required to register with the Toy Bank to receive assistance. Parents must reside in Paso Robles, Bradley, Creston, Heritage Ranch or San Miguel, and have children aged from infant to 12 years. To qualify, parents need to attend a  registration event and bring a parent photo ID, birth certificate for each child, proof of address (such as a utility bill), and proof of income.

Registration takes place at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1301 Oak St, Paso Robles. The dates and times are:


Friday, November 15, 3–7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19, 3–7 p.m.,

Thursday, November 21, 3–7 p.m.,

Friday, November 22, 3–7 p.m.,

Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Toy Bank collects new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls, infants through 12 years old. They need dolls, board games, sports equipment, arts & crafts, puzzles, stuffed animals and school supplies. “We appreciate all donations, but we ask shoppers to look for toys in the $20 range since they seem to be more sturdy and last,” explained Maribeth Bonomi, Toy
Bank President.  

The Toy Bank is hoping many local businesses and organizations will have a toy drive. “On our end, we will promote the business on our Facebook page and email blasts. We also bring a box and pick up the toys,” said Amanda Bean, Day of Giving Coordinator.  

To volunteer or have a toy drive, send an email to  For more information on how to register for the Day of Giving, visit If you are unable to shop for a toy, the organization accepts monetary donations and volunteers will buy toys.  

You can donate online at or send a check payable to:

Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, P.O. Box 2801, Paso Robles, CA 93447.