Over 700 toys, given by residents and staff of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, were gifted Wednesday to the Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center for their annual toy drive. Gifting of the toys was done during a brief ceremony on Cypress Cove’s continuing care retirement community campus.
Cypress Cove is an annual community partner helping The Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center achieve their gifting goals. Toys for more than 800 children, ranging in ages 3 to 15 years, have been collected by organizers for distribution December 17 at the center’s “Operation Christmas Care.”
Tina Parsons, Executive Director of the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center and Heights Foundation President and CEO Kathryn Kelly were on hand to accept the toys and gifts.
According to Cypress Cove community advancement specialist Z. Allen Abbott, Cypress Cove residents and employees have donated several thousand toys during the community’s five-year toy drive affiliation.
Executive Director Michele Wasserlauf applauded the toy drive support from Cypress Cove residents and employees. “Members of our community are extremely generous,” she said, “and we are delighted to be part of a program that brings great joy to children of the Harlem Heights neighborhood.”
Gifts will be distributed on Saturday, December 17 at Operation Christmas Care where each child will have the opportunity to choose a toy, meet Santa and enjoy holiday refreshments.