Better Together announces holiday toy drive to support families in need

Holiday Outreach

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Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to families and children, is seeking Christmas gifts to distribute to families in need across the state of Florida.

Every year, with the support of generous donors, Better Together provides Christmas gifts to the families it serves. This year, that includes Southwest Florida, Sarasota/Manatee, greater Tampa Bay, Ocala and Northeast Florida. The nonprofit is now accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children 0-17 years old. Items of greatest need include toys for younger children and gift cards for older children.

“Many families are struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their children’s heads, and the holidays can present additional challenges and stress,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “Many parents simply can’t provide their children with the Christmas they desperately want to, and our toy drive can ease this burden and allow every child to wake up to a present on Christmas.”

Better Together is collecting donations at more than a dozen drop-off locations across the state. Toys will be distributed to vetted, hardworking families within Better Together’s programs. For the latest list of participating locations, visit BetterTogetherUS.org/Christmas-Toy-Drive. The deadline to donate toys to impact families in the greater Tampa Bay and Ocala regions is Dec. 6. The deadline to donate toys for families in Southwest Florida and the Sarasota area is Dec. 13.

Volunteers can also sign up to be a Christmas family sponsor. A family sponsor is connected to a specific family in need of support this holiday season. They fill the family’s wish list and deliver the gifts directly to the family. The deadline to sign up is Dec. 20 at BetterTogetherUS.org/Give-Help.

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