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USMC representatives of Toys For Tots © Sheri Crummer

 

 

Humanitarian Updates

Western Surfing Association & The Florida Surfing Association launch drives

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 November, 2013 - For the sixth year in a row, Camp Pendleton Marines will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Toys For Tots in association with the Western Surfing Association surf contest on December 7th and 8th at the San Clemente Pier. This is event 5 of the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour.

The primary goal of Toys For Tots is to deliver a message of hope to needy youngsters who might not receive anything this Christmas through a new, shiny toy that will help motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. “We are so blessed as surfers to be able to live near the beach, and have the time, health and resources to allow us to surf,” said Mary Lou Drummy, WSA Director, “This is a great opportunity for us to give back.”

Competitors in the events will be encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy (no war toys or toy guns) to place in the barrel at the event. Camp Pendleton has a particular need for items that appeal to 10 – 17 year olds. New, unworn items of surfwear, hats, skateboards, bodyboards, gift cards . . . anything new and unused that could be put to good use.

“It would be great if the surf companies could go through their warehouses and grab any discontinued, promotional or return-to-stock items and bring them to the event to put in the Toys For Tots barrels”, said Drummy.

Toys For Tots, North County Coordinator, Deborah Anderson, stated, “We like to involve all communities with our toy drive. We are so excited to partner with WSA again and have our Marines on hand to collect toys at the contest.

The Marines are always very excited to participate in this event, which is always one of our most successful collection events. We always seem to be short of gifts for 0 – 2 year olds and 10 – 17 year olds. Sporting equipment of any kind for the boys, and games and “girlie” items for the teen girls would be greatly appreciated. Checks are also welcome, made out to “Toys for Tots – North County.””

A Toys For Tots Barrel will be available for Toys at the event site and Marines will be on hand on both days collecting toys and donations from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Competitors who donate a toy will receive a long sleeve WSA T-shirt. “Let’s show how generous surfers can be,” said Drummy. “I’d love to see them leave with truckloads of toys.”

Florida Surfing Association

Staying true to their saying “riding waves and changing lives,” The Florida Surfing Association (FSA) is gearing up to spread a few more smiles before ringing in the New Year. The annual FSA toy drive is back in full gear with over 20 collection boxes throughout the Beaches and Jacksonville area. Over the past two years the FSA team has had tremendous success with the Toy Drive, bringing in 500 toys in 2011 and 700 toys in 2012.

The team has goals to collect at least 1,000 toys this year, with all donations focused towards the Hubbard House and Peds Community Hospice Care. Boxes will be at the below locations until Saturday, December 7th. There will be a collection party held on Thursday, December 5th at Angie’s Subs from 6-7pm, giving community members one more chance to donate.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring guests, along with toys, for this special night. Visit floridasurfing.org or email info @ floridasurfing.org for more information or ways to donate. For those unable to make their way out to one of the below locations you can make an online donation by searching FSA Toy Drive on active.com.

Collection Boxes Locations
Coggin Auto
Honey Bake Hams
Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant
Bojangles – Beach Blvd location
Sunrise Surf Shop
L.A. Fitness on Atlantic
Angie’s Subs
KC Crave
Aqua East Surf Shop
Marlin Moon Grille

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