Florida: First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the 'Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive', a charitable initiative to benefit foster families, Hope Florida participants, and Florida families in need this holiday season. The toy drive will run from November 13 through December 15, 2023.

The First Lady expressed her enthusiasm for the project: "There is no greater joy at this time of year than making magic happen for a child. Through the Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive, families will experience the goodwill of their neighbors and communities and create special memories for their children. We know parents want the best for their children, and through this initiative, can bring a little more hope to Florida's families."

The toy drive can be accessed through a website where individuals can purchase new and unwrapped toys to be sent directly to Hope Florida. These toys will be organized and distributed to families by Hope Florida throughout the month of December.

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Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris commented on the importance of providing parents with opportunities to create special memories with their children: "Every day, our Department works to support strong and resilient families who are working on their individual goals to economic independence. We know that every parent wants to make the holidays magical, and our hope is that we can give parents these opportunities. Every child should get to experience the magic of the holiday season."

State Surgeon General and Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Chairman Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo also expressed his support for the toy drive: "The holidays are a special time for families to focus on each other and on the joy of giving. This toy drive is a wonderful opportunity for Floridians to be part of that joy of giving."

Distribution events will be scheduled throughout December; organizations interested in partnering with Hope Florida can contact them at hopeflorida@myflfamilies.com.

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