Programs, generally supported by donations from the community, that provide gifts such as clothing, toys and other items to help low income individuals and families, older adults, hospital patients and others celebrate any of the annual holidays.
Programs available in many communities that maintain a collection of children's playthings, games and equipment that are available on a loan basis to local families. Programs may be run by individuals, charitable organizations, government agencies, libraries or other groups. Some toy libraries serve all children, while others focus on providing toys for a particular group such as preschoolers or children with disabilities. Some are free services, while others charge a membership fee. And some are mobile programs that travel from neighbourhood to neighbourhood on a rotating basis, with local children welcomed to play with the toys in its collection, borrow them to take home, or both.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.