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Spirit of Giving toy drive counts on you to buy a gift for a needy kid

Did a blue wrapped carton just appear in your workplace or community clubhouse?  The box is a collection spot for Spirit of Giving’s 17th annual Community Holiday Gift Drive.

This year, you can also donate through online catalogs through Spirit or Amazon. More on how to do that later.  Some 4,000 kids served by 35 children’s charities ask for a gift they’d like to see under the tree.

“We created a gift wish list in the $25 and $30 price range,” said Spirit’s executive director Sue Diener. “Each charity will send their lists, including the child’s age and one gift from the catalog.

“Spirit created popular items for different age groups,” she added. “Remote control-cars, LeapFrog learning toys, Legos and slime kits are really popular.”

Spirit of Giving
Dale Workman and grandson Finn Kennedy help with the 2018 Holiday Gift Drive. Photo courtesy of Spirit of Giving.

Drop-off sites in Boca include all city fire stations, city hall or the Junior League office. “No stuffed animals, used toys, or weapons like toy guns or knives. Please include batteries if they’re required,” Diener requested.

“We have gone a little hi-tech with our gift tags this year to attract more of our millennial supporters,” Diener said.  Gift tags have QR Codes, a type of barcode, that can be scanned. The requested gift will pop up from the catalog page with links to where to buy and alternative items.

“Open your smartphone to the camera and hover over it. It will let you scroll through the catalog,” Diener said.

Here are the links:

Spirit of Giving

Amazon Wish List

For the Spirit office, call 561-385-0144

“You can participate in three ways,” Diener said. “You can sponsor a child by fulfilling a gift wish. You can make a donation or gift certificate and our elves do the shopping for you.

“We can’t it do this without the community support,” Diener said.

By Marci Shatzman

 

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