HOLIDAY, Fla. – Tampa-based children’s charity Kids Wish Network hosted an event at their headquarters in Holiday to give out over $350,000 worth of toys and necessities to 20 local charities, shelters and other organizations for the holidays. Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“It is our pleasure to be able to give toys and necessities to these local charities and organizations for the holiday season,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “We are honored to be able to help facilities nationwide, but we take special pride in being able to assist the ones right in our own backyard.”
Representatives from 20 different Tampa Bay area charities and shelters arrived at Kids Wish Network’s Holiday headquarters yesterday for Kids Wish Network’s third annual “Holiday in Holiday” gift-giving event. This event is made possible through Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, through which they provide donations of toys and necessities to children in the care of hospitals, shelters, advocacy programs and other organizations nationwide.
Each organization was ecstatic to receive a pallet packed with brand new toys, games and gifts from some of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors to give to children in need all around the Bay Area.
Included with each pallet for every organization were a number of brand new children’s bicycles generously donated by Wal-Mart Market 111, who also provided a number of volunteers from several different stores to pack the pallets into the trucks. The bikes were accompanied by helmets donated by Amscot Financial.
“Any time we can partner with Kids Wish Network and volunteer our time and our efforts in the community is a plus,” said Wal-Mart Market Manager Jeff Worthy. “We believe that the community makes us who we are, so we’re always willing to give back.”
The organizations who participated this year were the City of Dunedin Fire Department, CASA Community Shelter, Pasco Sheriffs Fraternal Order of Police, SOLVE of West Pasco, Tarpon Springs Fire Department, Bay Care Behavioral Health, City of Lakeland Fire Department, Get Involved Community Outreach, ROPE Center, Calvary Chapel Worship Center, Suncoast Center, The Spring of Tampa Bay, Good Samaritan Mission, Port Richey Fire Department, HOPE Family Services, Eckerd Community Alternatives, Citrus County Family Resources, and the New Port Richey Fire Department.
“I’d like to thank Kids Wish Network for the wonderful work that they do and that they reach out to help the community in such a way that everybody is treated as family at Christmas time and any time of the year,” said Joe Kovache of the Pasco Sheriffs Fraternal Order of Police.
“We are so, so appreciative of this and we’ve been looking forward to this all year long,” said Angie Magoulis of the Calvary Chapel Worship Center in New Port Richey. “We’re very excited and honored to be a part of what Kids Wish Network is doing here. It’s been such an awesome feeling to see a line of cars ready to receive these gifts and it’s neat to be a part of something so awesome.”
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