Children Ages 0-10

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Dec 21st

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New Life Christian Center | 6610 Hwy 90 West | San Antonio, TX | 78227

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to pre-register my children to join the event?

No, sign up is not required. Just come out and show up!

Is a form of identification required for my child?

No form of identification is required. We simply trust in our community and hope that everyone will be honest.

Does my child have to be present in order to receive a toy?

Yes your child must be present with their parent/guardian.

How many toys will my child receive?

Each child is provided with 1 high quality toy along with a raffle ticket for a bicycle. We give away toys to the first 2,000 children in line based on age and gender.

How early should I arrive with my child?

Due to large crowds in the past years we highly recommend that you arrive as soon as possible. We have seen crowds grow by 9:00am.

Do you have driving directions to get to the event?

Click on View larger map below to use your GPS.

Are gifts going to be given to all children?

Gifts will be given only to children ages 0-10 years of age on a first come first serve basis.

Where can I put my stroller if I have an infant?

There will be a designated team checking in and releasing strollers in an organized manner.  You will keep your stroller while in line and will release it upon entering the buildings.

Do you provide transportation?

We currently do not have a pick up service. However, the VIA Bus Kelly-Lackland Transit Center is approximately 1/4 of a mile from our location.

Where can I park?

Our parking attendants will be wearing bright yellow shirts or a neon yellow vest. They will direct you on where to park.

Will you all have food and drinks available while we wait?

No snacks or concession stands are available. Please plan to bring snacks with you if your child will require food and water while in line.

What will happen if it rains outside?

We will still have the event. Processing of children will be conducted in our gymnasium area, versus our Heaven’s Gate baseball field.


Can I bring a friend or family member to volunteer?

Certainly! We only request that you please contact us at least 1 week before our event day in order to ensure there are volunteer positions available.

Who do I need to inform if I want to get involved?

Scroll to the very bottom left and click on the green Send Us a Message button. Fill out your info and our volunteer department will contact you.

What volunteer positions are available?

There are over 40 different teams serving. Here is a list of positions: Event Parking Lot, Gymnasium Usher, Sanctuary Usher, Costume Character, Volunteer Center, Volunteer Childcare, Medical Response Team, Heaven’s Gate entertainment, Decorations, Gift Wrapping, Stroller Station, Toy Warehouse, Bike Warehouse, Distribution Center, Ticket Processing, Clean-up, Facilities, and many more. If you have a preference or a certain skill to communicate, please list it in the Send Us a Message contact form.

*Positions may be unavailable as they are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

What is the length of period for my volunteer position?

You can volunteer for a 9:00am – 1:00pm shift, 1:00pm – 5:00pm shift or stay all day, from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Will you have some pre-training for my volunteer position?

If you pre-register, your volunteer department lead will contact you with date for our dry run event and overview of event.

What specific clothing should I wear as a volunteer?

If you have not been assigned to a specific team please wear black pants (men) or a black skirt (women), black comfortable shoes and a white shirt. If you are assigned to a team your lead will provide you with the proper apparel.

Can I use my volunteer time as community service hours?

Yes you can! Please remember to sign in and sign out so that we know that you served the entire time.


What will my donation be used for?

Proceeds will go towards purchasing high quality toy(s) for children ages 0-12 years of age, bicycles, or supplies like wrapping paper and tape.

Can I participate in distributing toys to the children?

Yes! All VIP guest and Business Sponsors will be given the opportunity to hand the gifts to the children face to face. It will touch your heart unlike anything else.

Where can I make an online donation?

Click on the donate button above.

What toys are you all in need of?

Our awesome purchasing team gathers all the donations and goes hunting for the best toys and the best prices.

Who would I make a check out to?

New Life Christian Center.  In the memo line, PLEASE write: Jarel’s Toy Chest

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, we will also provide you with a tax statement.

Is there anyway to display my business on your website or at your event?

All $1,000 businesses/organizations/individuals names will be projected on our large screens throughout the event. We will also list you as a sponsor on our website.


Over the last 20 years, we have grown to be the largest free toy giveaway event in San Antonio. We remain dedicated to providing free toys to children ages 0-10.

Founded in 1996 by Dr. LaSalle R. Vaughn II, Jarel’s Toy Chest aims to bring high quality Christmas toys to the less fortunate children of San Antonio.

Jarel’s Toy Chest is a non-profit organization made up of cause-based staff and volunteers bringing the joy of Christmas to children and their parents.


UTSA Alumni Team

“A few years ago, we started looking for worthwhile volunteer opportunities. We began volunteering with Jarel's Toy Chest in December of 2009 and the rest is history. We have all met so many wonderful people and have made new friendships with other volunteers.”


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