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Toys For Tots donations collected at Periwinkle Place

By Staff | Dec 7, 2010

The holiday season is upon us. For those of us who have already begun to make progress on our gift lists, Toys For Tots is asking that we add just one more (or two, or three) names to that list. The merchants of Periwinkle Place have joined together to launch a giving campaign for Toys For Tots in 2010.

“There are many, many families struggling in our local communities who need our help to have a Merry Christmas this year,” said Milissa Sprecher, owner of Friday’s Child and event organizer. “We are trying to do our part to get the word out and collect toys for children in our community who may not receive anything without our generosity. The Sanibel-Captiva communities are traditionally a very giving bunch, supporting with fervor the local charities on and around the islands. We hope that this effort will be no exception.”

The businesses at Periwinkle Place will be accepting your donations of new, unwrapped toys at their stores between now and Christmas. Boys and girl toys are needed for children of all ages.

To get everyone excited about giving, there will be a “Celebration” event at Periwinkle Place on Friday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Sanibel Fire Department will participate and showcase one of their trucks for the kids to explore. Face painting by Ms. Silvia’s Faces and a bounce house are some of the activities planned. Bring your family, share in the fun and do great things for families in need. You do not need to donate to attend, but we encourage everyone to bring a toy if they’re able.

“We’d like to make this a community wide effort. All the toys collected here are distributed in our local communities. Through your gifts, you are sending a message of hope to a child,” added Sprecher. “We thank you in advance for your overwhelming support!”