Published On: Fri, Nov 11th, 2016

RE/MAX Joins Boca Raton Toy Drive with Numerous Drop-Off Locations In South Florida

The 10th Annual Boca Raton Toy Drive, which will be held on December 4th at Sugar Sand Park, got a major boost this year with RE/MAX joining as a sponsor and in turn bringing their numerous Real Estate offices with them.

10847966_10153300608436487_5359901873145785876_nAs an annual family event, they Toy Drive never fails to bring the community together for a common good. Families come out to enjoy free carousel rides, food, and Santa; all while bringing toys and donations for this Rotary Event. All six Rotary Clubs have partnered together over the years to host a successful Toy Drive.

The Toy Drive started in 2006, with the idea of Douglas Heizer and David Wilson. They Rotary Clubs of Boca Raton helped build the Carousel at Sugar Sand Park. As a Thank-You, the park gave the Rotary Clubs one day to use the carousel however they wanted. As Rotarians tend to do, they found a need in the community and went to solve it.

“It was a need I saw in our community that was being neglected and I knew we had to make a difference somehow. I never expected this Toy Drive to get so big but I am excited and happy to see the community joining together for such an important cause,” says co-founder Douglas Heizer.

This Toy Drive collects toys for Boca Helping Hands and Wayne Barton Study Center. In the past ten years, over $50,000 in toys and donations were collected for our community.

For the tenth year, the Toy Drive is looking to break all record, with their partnership with local businesses. RE/MAX Real Estate has come in very eager to help make a difference. They have willingly opened up all six of their South Florida offices as drop-off locations to collect toys.

“I have been a part a Rotarian for a few years now and as I became more involved I wanted to find new ways to help,” said Sergio Lucena a Real Estate Consultant with RE/MAX. “I brought the idea to my workplace and they jumped right on board. It’s amazing to see such a big company care and give back to it’s local community.”

Along with RE/MAX, there are 10 different drop-off locations around Boca Raton. The spots are utilized to help increase the number of donations, as well as to promote the event. The Toy Drive also hopes to get donations from Company Holiday Parties. Last year, Boca Raton Regional Hospital donated numerous toys for the Toy Drive, all from their Holiday Party.

Throughout the month of November, the Rotary Club along with the 12 open drop off locations will be accepting toys and donations for the Carousel Toy Drive. All leading up to the Toy Drive event on December 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at Sugar Sand Park where kids can go on free rides on the Carousel and see Santa. The event will also have free barbeque lunch and drinks with a donation or toy.

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