South Shore residents come through for Toys for Tots campaign
Thousands of children in need will get gifts from Santa this Christmas due to the kindness of others.
“We had another successful toy drive this year, thanks to the caring and generous residents and businesses of the South Shore community,” said Ann Hathaway, accounts manager and collection coordinator for Pearson Capital, annual sponsor of the local Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. “Christmas will be happier in many homes this year because of them. Our thanks go out to all who participated.”
“I was an underprivileged child once, so I know what it’s like to not have Christmas morning,” said Rachel Mushow, of Rachel’s Family Salon in Apollo Beach, one of about 80 businesses that collected toys this year. “I absolutely have the best clients. That’s why I have four full boxes (up from two last year).”
To express their appreciation for the community’s generosity, Don Pearson and his father, Walter, hosted a wrap-up party at The Alley at South Shore, which featured lots of free food, music and, of course, a visit from Santa.
Preliminary collection figures reported by the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion in Tampa included 6,000 toys, 82 bicycles and almost $9,000 in cash.