Port Of Palm Beach Collects Toys For Children In Need

The Port of Palm Beach collected a record number of toys during its 2013 toy drive.

The fifth year of the drive, which is a collaborative effort between the port and its tenants and users, brought in more than 500 toys, including 16 bikes, two scooters and two skateboards — all with helmets. Also included in the donations were sporting goods, dolls, board games, electronic toys, clothing and more for youngsters of all ages.

This year’s drive benefited eight different organizations throughout Palm Beach County.

At the Port of Palm Beach Commission meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, representatives from Place of Hope, an organization that assists children in the foster care system, were in attendance to accept their donations.

“I know the kids who will receive these gifts, and I can see their faces lighting up on Christmas morning,” said Sarah Livoti, special projects manager for Place of Hope. “These children will not have their parents and family to spend Christmas with, but with your love and support, we are bringing them life, joy and happiness.”

Other organizations benefiting from the toy drive were: Marine Industries Association-Toys for Tots, Operation Hope, Iron Workers’ Union, Tri-Cities Toy Drive, Revival Community Outreach, Professional Opportunities Program for Students and the Children Medical Services.

“Every year we just outdo ourselves,” Port of Palm Beach Chairman George Mastics said. “Our staff and tenants work well together to gather so many toys for the less fortunate kids in our area.”

 ABOVE: Port of Palm Beach officials with the record number of donated toys.