The Gift of Joy

Edina residents and VEAP team up to give back.

Giving back is nothing new to Edina residents: Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, or VEAP, puts on a holiday toy drive each year in Edina, where community members donate toys for those unable to purchase gifts for their children. New toys or gift cards are made available to needy families for free, and anyone can donate to help local families celebrate the holidays.

“It’s really important to maintain the family traditions,” says Krista Phillips, who runs children and youth services at VEAP and believes in the importance of consistency in kids’ lives. Giving gifts is one way to do that. Edina residents participate fully, and Phillips is grateful for that.

Edina Residents can drop off toys at any VEAP drop-off location; check the website for listings.