The Police and Fire Joy Drive, sponsored annually by the Police Foundation, kicks off today and will run through December 24th.
Now in its 14th year, the drive began as volunteers started collecting donations of new toys, basic clothing and gift cards. Last year over 1,100 items were collected and distributed.
The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation supports and sponsors the event and reaches out to hundreds of children and families in Palm Beach Gardens. In these somewhat difficult economic times, it’s important that we take care of those that are less fortunate than we during the holiday season.
The Joy Drive has several locations throughout the City where new toys, clothing and gift cards can be dropped off. An up-to-date list of those can be found here. Those wishing to make a financial contribution can make a check out to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation and mark “Joy Drive” in the notes section of the check. (our mailing address is 10500 N Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410)
Police Officers, Firefighters, City Staff, Foundation Board Members, City Councilmen and local citizens all volunteer to wrap gifts, organize packages, and deliver the items to families and children.
If you are having a holiday event, either at home or at your place of business, why not ask your guests to bring a new, unwrapped gift for the Joy Drive? You can then call Ms. Judy Brandt, Joy Drive coordinator, at 799-4488 and we will pick the items up from your home or office. Judy can also be reached by email at email@example.com
ATTENTION Business owners: If you’d like to make your business a drop-off point for Joy Drive donations, please contact us at 799-4488. We will deliver a collection box to you and we will pick it up whenever full.
Remember: “It’s not just a toy, it’s a gift of joy!”