Tampa’s Toys for Tots Foundation was in jeopardy of disappointing children this Holiday Season. Jannie DelRio, President of NorthBridge Commercial Real Estate Group read a thread posted on Facebook about troubles surrounding the Marine Corps’ efforts to locate a distribution warehouse for this year’s program. “I immediately reached out to the organization to get the details”, said DelRio. Wallace Enterprise owns the former Winn Dixie located at 2525 N. Dale Mabry and agreed, “the kids need Christmas”, said Trey Wallace of Wallace Enterprise, and communication started to ensure timing and distribution for the Toys for Tots’ 2018 Season.
Last year, Toys for Tots Tampa Bay provided more than 66,000 toys to 19,050 children. This year the group aims to surpass 20,000 children recipients. Those recipients should be between the ages of 0 to 12, and toys are sorted by gender and age.
Donations can be dropped off at any participating Toys for Tots locations, as well as during the 10th annual KINDNESS DAY on Friday, Dec. 7 at News Channel 8 located at 200 S. Parker St. in Tampa.
“It’s about the kids and the community”, says DelRio, “and I’m fortunate to represent an Owner that shares the same sentiment, but nothing can be done without the Marine Corps’ involvement.”