Random Acts of Zhu – Toys For Tots

My final Random Acts of Zhu project was with Toys For Tots of Hernando County, Florida. Even though I kept explaining that I wasn’t the one donating the toys, the volunteers continued to thank me over and over. They were a lively bunch although they’ve been hard at work since October.

From my first Random Acts of Zhu, I explained that Cephia LLC, the makers of Zhu Zhu pets and Kung Zhu pets,  provided me with 1o4 Zhu Zhu Pets to give to local charities that provide toys to needy children.

The Charity I Chose

Toys For Tots of Hernando County is part of the national Toys For Tots organization. It collects unwrapped toys and provides them to needy children. This year over 3600 children were served. Mr. Bob Ross is the coordinator of the program, who works with a group of  dedicated volunteers. They turn to the community for all sorts of things – donations of trailers to move the toys, monetary donations, collections of toys and shopping for toys, stores, volunteer organizations and companies to collect toys and fundraise and so much more.

Thankfulness

I was thanked from the minute I walked into the Detachment until the time I left even though I missed getting to Toys For Tots before their toy distribution.  I was pleased to see tables full of toys and volunteers still working. I was told that the “leftover toys” will be given to families who missed the distribution. Any that are left after this week will be packed up for next year. Three men helped me get the cases from my van and as they were opened, I heard oohs and aahs! A few of the women remembered how difficult it was to get Zhu Zhu pets last year. Some used the opening in the boxes to try the Zhu Zhu pets out. And there was lots of chatter from the pets and the group of us speaking.

Random Acts Of Zhu Toys For Tots

Mr. Bill Ross and Me with Some of the Zhu Zhu Pets

Marine Corps Detatchment

Marine Corps Detachment 708

Toys For Tots Logo

Toys For Tots on One of the Trailers

What You Can Do To Help

Toys For Tots of Hernando County takes monetary donations year round. The funds will be used to purchase new toys. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates for next year’s program when you can volunteer, donate or collect toys, provide meals for the volunteers, etc. The main Toys For Tots website helps you find your local area where you can get information on giving.

Thank You

Thank you to Cephia LLC for the opportunity to take part in Random Acts of Zhu and for the Zhu Zhu pets that I was able to donate. Being a part of bringing happiness to needy children was one of the best parts of my holiday season.

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  1. You picked the best way to experience the real spirit of Christmas Connie. Wishing this joy lasts you throughout next year!
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