The Des Moines Police Department is again sponsoring a Toy Drive to benefit the Harborview Abuse & Trauma Center (HATC), formally known as the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS).

Among the many other things they do, HATC provides examination, interview and therapy services for children who are the victims of sexual assault and other abuse or traumatic incidents.

“The gift of a small toy, blanket or stuffed animal during their visits may bring some joy to their otherwise stressful and unpleasant situation,” organizers said.

HATC has indicated that the most popular items are arts & crafts supplies, Barbie/dolls, board games, Legos and science related items.

New, unwrapped toy donations can be brought to the Des Moines Police Department. You can also purchase a toy online and have it shipped directly to:

Des Moines Police Department
Attn: Toy Drive
21900 11th Ave S.
Des Moines, WA 98198

Monetary donations can be made directly to HATC via their website at:

Given the clinical setting HATC operates in, storage is limited. If you consider donating a toy, please be mindful about the size of the item and have it to us by January 7th, 2021, so we can prepare to deliver them to HATC.

“Thank you for your consideration!”