Florida Keys Toys For Tots 2016

florida keys toys for tots 2016

Photo Credit: Nada Khalaf-Jones The mountain of toys was slowly moved into trucks Sunday following the event finale at the Ocean View bar and Restaurant in Islamorada

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Keys Toys For Tots 2016

Photo Credit: Nada Khalaf-Jones at 0800 sharp on Sunday US Marines and volunteers from the community who formed a human chain and passed thousands of toys from the mountain inside the Ocean View Restaurant and Pub into two waiting U-Haul trucks. Rows of brand new bicycles and every toy imaginable were arranged carefully in the trucks sent on their way to be distributed throughout to the Florida Keys children in need.

Kimberley Bouchard is seen right front in red with sunglasses. GySgt Slagle at the back in the truck, in blue t-shirt. Kim Stevenson holding the pink baseball bat.

Florida Keys Toys For Tots 2016

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Press Release

Sunday December 18th, 2016

Key Largo, Fl

The 10th annual U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots sanctioned event was a hit this weekend, the almost 200 motorcycle poker run was headed up by U.S. Marine Corps and Monroe County Sheriffs escorts with volunteers from the Motorcycle Patrol went from Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo to Snappers Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, Dillon’s Pub & Grill, the Safari Lounge and ended at the OceanView Inn and Sports Pub.

It wasn’t easy seeing the flat screen televisions at the Ocean View Restaurant and Bar (OV) in Islamorada on Saturday 17th December, when all the bikers had pulled in and all the gifts were settled. Only the very tops of the television screens peaked out above the mountain of toys.

On Sunday 18th December the early morning team of volunteers whisked the mountain into two U-Haul trucks and by 9:30 am the boxes marked ‘Toys for Tots’ were heading for distribution to children Keys wide.

Florida Keys Toys For Tots 2016

The departure of the trucks marked the end of a fund raising drive for Florida Keys children that netted approximately $50,000 at last count, made possible by Florida Keys schools and businesses volunteering as collection locations from mile marker 106 to Key West.

“Significant credit goes to the Upper Keys and Islamorada in particular, the bikers came from as far north as Fort Lauderdale and Miami and south from Marathon, in large part due to the efforts of Juan Acevedo of Peterson’s Harley Davidson,” says Kim Bouchard, long term resident of Tavernier and the Volunteer Coordinator.

“The volunteer who did most of the fundraising is Kim Stevenson, and Gunnery Sargent Louis E Slagle is the Toys for Tots coordinator for Monroe County, and he brought in the USMC and the PFC Bruce W. Carter Young Marines to help. We had a committee of 8 couples handling organization from Key Largo to Marathon. Capt Charlie Scoble and Capt Eric Scoble ran the BBQ at the Ocean View (OV) and Alan Truesdale organized the music along with Joey Naples from Sun 103. Nada Khalaf-Jones made the drone video and photography. Major thanks to all five poker stop locations and especially the OV and Gary Dunn,” says Bouchard.

Sunday’s volunteers included representative students from all the middle and high schools in the area, including Interact Club and National Honor Society.

Consideration for toys from Toys For Tots is made by application, families would have received a yellow carbon copy form through their children’s schools and those who have completed one will be given the chance to choose three gifts for each child in their household. Distribution points will be firehouses up and down the Florida Keys and more information can be gained from going to toysfortots.org or in Key West through kidscomefirstmonroecounty.org or contacting Roxy on kidscomefirst305@yahoo.com.

For more information about participating in Florida Keys Toys For Tots for 2017 please contact GySgt Louis E Slagle (786) 768-9064 or email jlcgunny@hotmail.com more of the Facebook live event can be seen https://www.facebook.com/keystoys4tots/

Thanks To Florida Keys Toys For Tots (partial) list of donors


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