CUIMC Holiday Toy Drive and Competition



In lieu of our campus holiday toy drives and holiday gatherings, we are collecting funds for toys and local community-based organizations (CBOs) in this time of need.

We also want to celebrate your generosity and have a little fun.  There will be free giveaways and celebrations throughout the competition. Please join us in giving back to our community.


Donate to the Toy Drive

Every dollar given will directly support the toy drive and local groups serving the needs of the Washington Heights/Inwood community.

Who You Are Helping?

Santas toy bag with toys spilling over the floor

Learn more about the schools and community groups that will directly benefit from your contributions.  

View the Organizations


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the competition?

Teams are competing for two awards:

  • Most generous: The team with the highest average gift amount
  • Most giving: The team with the highest participation rate 

Winners will be announced December 18, 2020 on the Competition Updates page.

What team am I on?

You are on the team associated with the school for which you work. If you work in central administration, then you are on team CUIMC Builders.

Here is a list of the teams. When you donate you will be asked to select your affiliation via a drop-down tab labeled "optional use my donation for". This will credit the appropriate team.

  • CDM Relievers
    College of Dental Medicine
  • CUIMC Builders
    Columbia University Irving Medical Center Central Administration
  • CUSON Responders
    School of Nursing
  • MSPH Transformers
    Mailman School of Public Health
  • VP&S Healers
    Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

How can I participate?

Participate by Donating

Everyone that wants to participate, can do so by donating. Before donating, please check out the list of community-based organizations (CBOs) we have identified for our support. You can watch their videos to see how they are helping our Washington Heights/Inwood neighbors in response to COVID. When you have determined what you can give, click on the "Donate via PayPal now!" button.

VERY IMPORTANT – Please select your affiliation using the optional drop-down menu and advise us of your preferred CBO to support, if any.

Participate by Joining Pop-up Giveaways

Join us for pop-up giveaways on campus:

  • Stop by a pop-up giveaway table for free hot apple cider and a cookie on December 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the following locations: 
    • Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion 
      1150 St. Nicholas Avenue, Lobby 
    • The Faculty Club 
      630 W. 168th St., 4th Fl. 
    • Hammer Health Sciences Center 
      701 W. 168th St., 1st Floor 
    • Mailman School of Public Health 
      722 W. 168th St., Lobby 
  • Other pop-ups and giveaways TBA

What toys can we give?

Sorry, due to COVID-19 we are not able to accept in-kind toy donations this year.  We have reached out to the groups for which we have provided toys in the past and have made their immediate needs our priority.

What are the prizes?

Donations will provide entry to daily chances to win one of the following prizes*

  • To-go meals from the Faculty Club (hot breakfast, hot lunch or soup and salad bar) and beverage (valid through 3/31/21).
  • Yearly subscription to Calm App
  • Yearly subscription to NYT crossword puzzle App
  • Yearly subscription to NYT Cooking App
  • Grand Prize, one master class from MasterClass online

Prize drawings and notifications will occur daily (M-F) on the Competition Updates page, but the prizes will be distributed the week of January 4, 2021

Can anyone donate?

Yes, anyone can donate. Un-affiliated donations will not support a team in their pursuit of most generous or giving, but they will still support our community.  Please select "other" as your affiliation via a drop-down tab labeled "optional use my donation for" in PayPal. 

Toy Drive Events

There are currently no upcoming events.