Volume 1 Number 50
December 13, 2004










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Marines happily loaded a truck full of toys donated by employees.

 

 

 


DFS EMPLOYEES DONATE MORE THAN 1,000 TOYS TO BIG BEND ‘TOYS FOR TOTS’

Bicycles, games, teddy bears, dolls, and an assortment of toy trucks and cars were part of the pile of more than 1,000 toys that employees of the Department of Financial Services contributed this year to the Big Bend area Toys for Tots, a program that distributes toys to less-fortunate children throughout North Florida. 

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, a long-time supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, commended DFS employees for their generous spirit.  This is the third year DFS employees have participated in the program.


CFO Gallagher, Laura and Charley present the toys to the Marines on behalf of the Department of Financial Services.


“There is no greater joy than knowing you helped put a smile on a child’s face,” said Gallagher, who oversees the department.  ”This is what the holidays are all about, sharing the bounty of the past year with family, friends and community.  I am honored to work with such generous people.

The toys were collected late Tuesday by the U.S. Marines of Company C, 8th Tank Battalion. 

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children.  For more information about the program, visit www.toysfortots.org.
 

 

The skyline for December is downtown Gainesville, featuring the Hippodrome Theater, originally the post office.