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We are Santa’s elves

November 21, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Thanksgiving brings more than the aroma of stuffed turkey and hot pumpkin pie - it's the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

Black Friday sales started early again this year and gift-givers are expected to be generous.

According to the National Retail Federation, a 3.6 to 4 percent increase in spending is projected with total sales expected to hit $682 billion nationwide.

Yes, billion, with the average holiday shopper spending $967.13.

That's a lot of Legos.

But, despite a return to a good economy, not every child will benefit from this economic largess.

Santa, like he so often does, could use a helping hand to make sure all the kids on his "good" list get a little something in their holiday stocking. To that end, a number of groups and organizations are holding toy drives.

Among them is the Cape Coral Fire Department, which is accepting new toys, gifts and gift cards at all 10 fire stations throughout the Cape.

"The drive is to benefit children in our community who have special needs, suffer from chronic illnesses such as cancer, are in foster care, or have families struggling with financial difficulties," organizers with the city department said.

Unwrapped donations for children of all ages - that's from birth through 17 - are being accepting through Dec. 15 with collection boxes at the following fire stations:

* Station 1 4610 Coronado Parkway

* Station 2 701 Nicholas Parkway

* Station 3 1627 Everest Parkway

* Station 4 2007 Santa Barbara Blvd.

* Station 5 1029 Diplomat Parkway

* Station 6 4540 Chiquita Parkway

* Station 7 3942 Burnt Store Road N

* Station 8 707 SW 1st St.

* Station 9 4107 Pelican Blvd.

* Station 10 3623 Gator Circle West

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is another of the big ones and its drive is also under way.

Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any A.C. Moore's, CubeSmarts, ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, Walgreens or the Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer warehouse on Metro Parkway.

Numerous additional drop sites, including many in the Cape, are listed on the Toys for Tots Website ( as is a signup link for those in need.

And if you don't want to shop? Checks can be made out to Toys for Tots and sent to: Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 07113, Fort Myers, FL 33919. All local donations stay in Lee County and 97 cents from every dollar donated goes to toys, organizers said.

To paraphrase Burl Ives, it is we who are Santa's elves, and it is we, as a community, who can make the upcoming holiday a little brighter for a child in need.

Our thanks to those who organize these drives and others.

And our special thanks to those who give.

-Breeze editorial



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