DH and I attend a big party every year that is also a toy drive for TFT. We'll be attending that party again this year, toys in tow!
Thanks for helping spread the word about Toys for Tots, TJ, it is a wonderful organization. And thanks for posting some gift suggestions. I think most people (me included) tend to buy things for the 'little' ones, which means that the tweens and teens are often overlooked. This year I'm going to buy some of the things you listed instead of "toys."
I started accumulating board games for TFT in October when one of our KMarts went out of business.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving our town had their annual Christmas parade.