Toys for Tots and Kids’ Needs shine this holiday | Englewood Sun

COVID-19 has not stopped the friendliness of local businesses, nonprofits, and others in our communities. Here is some good news from the region.

Last year the North Port Toys for Tots The program received only four boxes of toys from the Sarasota chapter. When Chuck Raposa, the head of the North Port Chapter, got a call this year, he wasn’t expecting good news about this year’s toy donation launch.

He was told to bring a U-Haul truck to pick up dozens of boxes of toys.



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Lemon Bay High School Key Club and Mia Conlon had a dress up campaign to help the needs of the children after Englewood.



“What a great start for us,” he said. “We were afraid that this year we would not have enough toys to meet our needs. COVID-19 has really hit people here. We made 400 families last year. We have already hit 400 this week and have a few weeks left. “



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Catherine Anderson, a ReMax broker, volunteers with North Port Toys for Tots. She said more toys are needed for children ages 8 and up.



Raposa said Toys for Tots partnered with the one IslandWalk Community in North Port for a toy ride.

“It went so well,” he said. “They are great people.”

Jana Thompson from The happy bounce connected in North Port El Primo Pizza & Wings for a toy ride on December 5th. The Young Marines at Image School of North Port collected toys while children had their faces painted.



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Toys for Tots volunteer Paul Hong helps out in the north harbor.



“We had 10 more bags from that trip,” he said. “The fire brigade promised us two duties. The city set up a few toys. The North Port Buckeyes state fan club, Ohio, also donated bikes, boxes, and boxes of toys. “

There is only one concern, said the volunteer Catherine Anderson. Fellow campaigners Ann Jordan and Susan McKinley Some age groups who sort and wrap gifts no longer have toys.

“We just don’t have enough toys for kids 8 and up,” she said. “We have loads of baby dolls and trucks for the younger children. We have baby toys and board games. We are very limited for the older children. We could use basketballs, dinosaurs, Legos, and craft kits for these age groups. “

Raposa said Toys for Tots are grateful to the community and region for the help.

“We want to make sure that all families in need have toys,” he said. “That was a good year. People understand the need. “

So far this season Toys for Tots has supported 20,943 children and distributed 116,454 toys.

In Englewood, drives helped Toys for Tots.

On 5th December Charles Miller of Tailored Inspections worked with Beth Cashman of Peacock Premier Properties and Englewood Chamber Interim Executive Director Kim Parks Load up gifts to take to Toys for Tots for sorting. The Chamber, 601 S. Indiana Ave., is still collecting unwrapped toy donations. Toys can also be brought along Keller Williams1160 S. McCall Road and at Mike Douglass Plumbing, 517 Paul Morris Drive through Tuesday.

The Lemon Bay High School Key Club He recently ran a clothing campaign to help Kids’ Needs, 272 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood.

Greater Englewood Children’s Needs supports schoolchildren and their families with gently used and new clothing, school supplies and items for personal hygiene.

These donations and others from the Pine trees from Sandal Haven, Windward women, and the Rotonda Elks helped more than 160 families with 350 children. You will have a happier Christmas because the community is generously supported.