On Saturday, December 3rd, we held our First Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop sponsored by Longmont Ford. Through the efforts of many volunteers and donations, we are pleased to announce that this event was an absolute success!
219 families and 701 children were served, receiving toys and other donated goodies. Toys were supplied by Victory Motors of Colorado, Paint Pros, and Autoplex (all local Longmont companies), Longmont Modern Dentisty supplied toothbrushes and toothpaste, Chick-Fil-A provided 300 gift cards, and Safeway donated 600 donuts! The majority of the money donated for toys came from Longmont Ford employees with owner Mike Peebles filling in the rest where needed.
Donations, both physical and monetary, are absolutely necessary for a Toy Drive’s success, but even more important are the volunteers who run the show. Our Longmont Toy Shop saw 60 volunteers, all Longmont Ford employees and their families! With such an amazing turnout of volunteers, it’s no wonder we were able to serve so many children and families this holiday season!
Every volunteer and recipient left with a smile on their face and warmth in their heart.
The Longmont Ford staff had their company party that evening after the event and it seems the Toy Shop event was the talk of the evening.
One volunteer said, “I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The Toy Shop was well organized and flowed very smoothly! It was a wonderful feeling to see the excitement in the children’s faces! It shouldn’t only be at Christmas that this happens, but that’s the way life is. I hope that this event is the first of many. It truly was a sight to see and even more heartfelt when you were there helping in the midst of it all! I definitely will volunteer again. I mean really… what else would a Grannie do?!” – Joyce-Family Member of Longmont Ford Employees.
We agree Joyce, the love and gifts the children received at this event should be felt year-round, but at the very least, we are happy to have been able to provide such a successful and joyful event during this special time of year. We want to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and sponsors whose generosity made this all possible.