NEW BEDFORD — The seventh annual Fill the Bus toy drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

During those hours, a Tremblay’s school bus will be parked outside three SouthCoast locations: Target, 479 State Road in Dartmouth; New Bedford police headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave.; and Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way in Fairhaven. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., donations also may be dropped off at Acushnet Police, Fire and Rescue, 60-64 Middle Road in Acushnet.

Unwrapped toys will be used to fill the school buses. Those gifts will then be distributed to children in need. Gifts are accepted for children in grades kindergarten through 12.

"Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It's certainly a labor of love," said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said in a news release. "We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child's face this holiday season."

Unwrapped gifts can also be dropped off at any New Bedford police station. Stations are located at 572 Pleasant St.; 781 Ashley Blvd.; 168 Cove St.; and 871 Rockdale Ave.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

Safe Zones, Tremblay’s Bus Co. and the State Police in Dartmouth are also sponsoring the event.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email safezonekids@gmail.com.