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Helping Toys for Tots

 

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MANATEE, Fla. (WWSB)  It appears Christmas has come early for a Manatee County non-profit that works to keep smiles on kids’ faces around the Suncoast each Christmas season. This week, officials from the Marine Corps Reserve Manatee County Chapter of Toys for Tots confirmed they’d been given the green light to use a temporary, rent-free 4,000-square-foot Bradenton warehouse currently owned by the Humane Society of Manatee County.

The space will be used for the group to sort, store, and then pack up toys and gifts for an estimated 19,000 Manatee County families.

“Collaboration is a word that’s contained in our mission statement and so, when I saw there was another non-profit organization in need like Toys For Tots, I didn’t hesitate,” said Manatee County Executive Director Rick Yocum.

Yocum told ABC7 that his executive board overwhelmingly approved the measure to donate the space at Wednesday evening’s board meeting.