VERO BEACH — The Youth Guidance Annual Holiday Toy Drive is off to a great start with many local businesses agreeing to be toy drive hosts, generating a lot of gifts for the children. The holiday drive runs through December 9 and community members can help youngsters have a memorable day by donating toys for this event. Presents may be dropped off at the Youth Guidance office, 1028 20th Place, Vero Beach, or any of the following locations: Main Library, Sebastian Library, Brackett Library, IRC Courthouse, IRC Recreation Department, North County Aquatic Center, Cypress Capital Group, Merrill Lynch, Realtor’s Association, Oculina Bank (all Indian River Branches), Schlitt Insurance Services, Studio Gabriel, Mark’s at the Pointe, Coldwell Banker (Sebastian and Vero Branches), Commercial Real Estate, LLC., Dede’s Shoe Salon, The Boulevard Village and Tennis Club, Croom Construction, Morgan Stanley, Parris Family Chiropractic, Root Dental.
While all gifts are greatly appreciated, included is a list of gift ideas. Presents should be new, unwrapped, $25 or less, and appropriate for a boy or girl age 5-18.
Sports equipment (basketballs, baseballs & mitts, footballs, soccer balls, bike helmets, air pumps, skateboards & pads), book collections (Junie B. Jones, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, etc.), board games, baby dolls (ethnic, too!), Matchbox® car sets, Lego’s®, K’NEX®, craft kits, bath & fragrance sets for a teen boy or girl, journal & pen sets, gift wrapping supplies.
Volunteers are also needed to man the Youth Guidance Toy Shop. Each Youth Guidance child’s parent/guardian is invited to come during the Toy Shop Week, December 13-16, and select two gifts for each child. The gifts are given to the family member to wrap allowing every kid to have a couple of surprises to unwrap on Christmas morning so that no child is left out during this holiday time of giving.
Information: visit www.ircyouth.com or call 772-770-5040.