The 2011 holiday season was a very tough one indeed for many families throughout the country – especially in the local Tampa Bay area. We here at Kids Wish Network tried our best to help out this season by inviting 20 local charities and facilities to come down to our headquarters and collect pallets of brand new toys, games, educational products, baby items and much more to give to the children they serve. That day alone, we gave out over 500,000 dollars’ worth of gifts!
We also reached out to the local branch of Easter Seals – a charity that “provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities” – who were in desperate need for their children this holiday season. In fact, they were even wondering if they would be able to provide for their families and children for the holidays this year, seeing how badly everyone was faring in this devastating economic slump. When we heard this, we jumped into action and sent 25,000 dollars worth of toys and gifts to the Easter Seals through the local FOX 13 Care Force toy drive. You can actually watch the video of our representatives JackLyn and Jeannette taking the toys to the toy drive below:
We were only too glad to help such a worthy local charity brighten the lives of children in need this holiday season and, when we came back for the New Year, we had a lovely Thank You in our inbox from Tracy Clouser, the Vice President of Development for Easter Seals Florida, saying that Easter Seals Florida “would not have had enough gifts without the items you gave us.” She also wanted to share the video that FOX 13 went out and made the day of their gift giving event – something that I would like to share with you now:
What a marvelous event and what a wonderful charity! We are honored that we were able to help Easter Seals Florida along with other local charities during this year of economic distress. It brings us immeasurable joy to be able to bring smiles to the faces of children nationwide.