Feel Good Friday: Toys For Tots
SARASOTA COUNTY - In this edition of Feel Good Friday, SNN'S Grant Boxleitner spent time at the warehouse for the Suncoast Toys For Tots campaign.
Longtime coordinator James Lamb says the need is especially high this year, pointing to shelves that are usually full but this year are a little less so.
He says Toys R Us declaring bankruptcy and closing the remaining Suncoast store in Bradenton was a big blow to the charity. Toys R Us would donate $20,000 worth of toys to the cause in past years, he said.
But with dozens of Toys For Toys donation boxes at public buildings, businesses and nonprofits around the Suncoast, Lamb and the volunteers remain confident that the generosity of the locals will not let children in need be disappointed.
The volunteers are busy filling orders and making sure the toys are all organized inside the warehouse.
"We want to make sure every child gets a toy on Christmas morning," Lamb said.
The way it works is easy. You just donate a new, unwrapped toy to the cause for a newborn up through a teenager. You can also find information about monetary donations for Toys For Tots at the website.
Lamb talks about Toys For Tots and the local need this year. Catch Feel Good Friday, weekly on SNN, the Suncoast News Network.