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Toy drive sets out to help children

Santa isn’t the only one delivering presents this year. In an effort to spread cheer for the holidays, President Mitchell Cypress is hosting the third annual toy drive to benefit hospitalized children and those who were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The toy drive will be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. People can donate new, unwrapped toys to the drive on the corner of 441 and Stirling Road between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Toys should be for children up to 12 years old. Cash, clothes and other types of donations will not be accepted.

Those who donate a gift and are 18 years or older with a valid ID will also be entered to a raffle. The grand prize each day will be a Hard Rock basket, which includes a one-night stay at the hotel, an authentic electric guitar, and dinner for two at Council Oak or Kuro. Everyone entered can also win an iPad, Amazon Fire Tablet or Amazon Echo.

Once the donations are collected, a group from the President’s Office will personally deliver the toys to children in the Intensive Care Unit at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, most of whom have cancer or other life-threatening complications. YMCA South Broward will also help deliver toys to children impacted by Hurricane Irma and a school in Immokalee.

Kyla Davis, the President’s marketing coordinator, said that President Cypress started the initiative when he was a chairman. Now in its third year, they hope to get as many toys as possible to help Broward.

“Every year it’s been growing. The first year we only got about 3,000 toys, but last year we got about 6,000,” Davis said. “The Tribe is all about the community. Our culture is about community and family and taking care of each other. We’re just trying to do that with everybody that surrounds our reservations.”

Li Cohen
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