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LITTLE SMILES 13th ANNUAL TOY DRIVES
November 17, 2022 @ 8:00 am - December 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
LITTLE SMILES 13th ANNUAL TOY DRIVES NEEDS COMMUNITY’S HELP TO BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO LOCAL KIDS IN NEED
Donate a new, unwrapped toy, donate by text or online, shop from Little Smiles’ Amazon Wish List, or become a drop-off location to be a part of
South Florida’s largest toy drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FLA. – (November 14, 2022) – Little Smiles of Florida continues its mission to help kids be kids through difficult times by spreading holiday cheer with its Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The organization is collecting gifts through December 25, 2022, for newborns – 18 years. The gifts are distributed through collection centers for families to pick up and directly to Little Smiles’ 32 pediatric partners, including hospitals with children fighting life-threatening illnesses, medical daycare centers, hospices, shelters, foster care homes, and medical support facilities.
“The holidays are a magical time for children, and with the help and generosity of our community, the Little Smiles Toy Drive brings joy to so many local children,” said Executive Director Nicole Mercado De Leon. “Whether the toys go to a child in the hospital, a foster child, or a child whose family is having a difficult time, the kindness is never forgotten, and the smiles on the kids’ faces are priceless.”
Little Smiles goal is to raise $150,000, and they have made giving easier than ever this holiday season. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to participate and can request a box to become a toy drop-off location or become a sponsor. People can shop and bring new, unwrapped gifts to one of the many drop-off locations found at littlesmilesfl.org or directly to Little Smiles’ North Pole at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. Online options are available by texting LITTLESMILES to 44321, shopping from the Amazon Wish List, or donating at littlesmilesfl.org.
Little Smiles provides year-long support bringing joy and smiles to the many impacted children, caregivers, and families at local hospitals and other facilities. The organization’s donations bring fun events for children undergoing various hardships. They provide movie nights, arts and crafts, and comfort foods to stock hospital pantries. In addition, they fulfill individual needs and requests such as giving a toy to help distract a child after surgery, pajamas to stay extra comfy during their time at the facility, or even a cake and a present to celebrate a birthday during their time at one of the facilities. For more information, visit littlesmilesfl.org.
About Little Smiles Florida
Little Smiles is a not-for-profit organization operating in Palm Beach County and the greater Southeast Florida region. The charity was founded in 1999 by local businessman Paul L. Donohue, who saw a need and inspired the community to bring comfort and joy to children and their caregivers at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Little Smiles now partners with 32 pediatric facilities from St. Lucie to Miami that include hospitals, medical day care centers, hospices, shelters, foster care homes, and medical support facilities. Their mission is to help kids during difficult times. They provide smiles to children and their support staff with fun events, including movie night, arts and crafts, and snack breaks. They fulfill individual needs and requests, such as providing a toy to help distract a child after surgery, pajamas to stay extra comfy during their time at the facility, or even a cake and a present to celebrate a birthday during their time at one of the facilities.
Now through December 25, 2022, Little Smiles 13th Annual Holiday Toy Drive is collecting toys for newborns – 18 years old. The gifts will be distributed to collection centers for families in need to pick up or directly to Little Smiles’ thirty-two pediatric partners. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to participate and can request a box to become a toy drop-off location or become a sponsor. Ways to donate include texting LITTLESMILES to 44321, shopping online from the Amazon Wish List, and dropping off toys at the Little Smiles’ North Pole at Harbourside Place in Jupiter or in locations that can be found at littlesmilesfl.org throughout South Florida. Donations of any amount can be made online at littlesmilesfl.org.