South Shore Toys for Tots a huge success

Published on: December 14, 2017

Avery McNally, 5, of Ruskin, chats about his Christmas wish list with Santa at the recent Toys for Tots wrap-up party.



South Shore residents came through again this year for the annual Marines Toys for Tots drive. More than $10,500 in cash, 100 boxes of toys and 100 bicycles were donated to area businesses hosting a collection box at their locations.

“There was (sic) enough toys and bikes to fill two Ryder trucks,” said Ann Hathaway, collection coordinator for sponsor Pearson Capital. “The Marines are still counting. We won’t know the exact amount until later this week, because there are still boxes to come in.

“Once again, the community showed its giving spirit and will make many children in need happy this Christmas morning,” she said.

The agents and staff of Beggins Century 21 Enterprises donated 65 bikes and five boxes of toys for this year’s South Shore Toys for Tots campaign.

Toys for Tots volunteer Debra Moody carries part of the two boxes of donations turned in by Rachel’s Family Salon in Ruskin.

More than 100 boxes of toys were collected by area businesses this year for the annual South Shore Toys for Tots drive.

Aliya Bhat, 5, and her sister, Kaushal, 6, of Riverview, are all smiles as they pose with Santa for a photo at the Toys for Tots wrap-up party Dec. 9.