The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes (FJT’s), a group of women originally from New Jersey who now reside in Charlotte County, are holding their 2nd Annual FJT Toy Drive for underprivileged children, currently receiving services from Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC)
Holiday wrapped boxes will be located at some of your favorite local retail stores and restaurants, in addition to the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Donations of new/unwrapped toys for boys and girls, infants to 18 years old would be greatly appreciated. Toys for teenagers are especially appreciated. Each participating partner will have a list of toy suggestions (by age group). The Drive starts on November 3rd and runs through December 1st.
“The toy drive is being held in response to the urgent need of our struggling families,” said Kelly Pomerville, CBHC Director of Marketing & PR, “Toy donations will alleviate pressure on families that would have had to choose between purchasing holiday gifts and necessary staples, such as food. We are so thankful that FJT has stood up to shine some holiday spirit into these kids’ lives.”
Last year over 103 families and 175 children received the toys we collected. These toys alleviate pressure on families that would have had to choose between purchasing holiday gifts and necessary staples, such as food.”
The drive also brought in “extra toys” that were donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital and Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. Children’s Network of SWFL is the non-profit administer of the child welfare system in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties. Children’s Network is responsible for over 2,000 abused and neglected children, and delivers a comprehensive local system of care through subcontracts with more than 50 social service agencies (like CBHC). Additional recipients include 20 adults in the Crisis Stabilization Unit and 15 children in the Crisis Stabilization
“We are so excited to be helping the CBHC again. We were thrilled with the success last year, it was a labor of love. We hope while shopping for the holidays, you will make a donation to these children who face challenges on a daily basis. A small gift would bring great joy,” said Nanette Leonard/Fresh Jersey Tomatoes.