DELRAY BEACH — Every year the police department delivers bags of toys to needy families in the area, but it relies on the generosity of local businesses and residents to do so.
The 26th annual Delray Beach Toy Drive is underway, and the police department is asking residents to drop off unopened toys at partnering businesses and drop-off locations for collection. Last year, more than 10,000 toys were gathered and dispersed.
“It’s a big venture,” said Detective Adrian Rackauskas, who heads the toy drive. The children, ages 5-17, who receive the presents are suggested by counselors, social workers or principals within the school system.
They’re children who aren’t expected to get gifts during the holiday season, said Rackauskas, who dresses as Santa Claus each year and delivers toys from a fire truck.
“It’s very rewarding,” he said. “I enjoy seeing the kids faces smiling, being happy.”
The toy drive serves children in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. The toys are collected and sorted each year in 6,000-square-feet of donated warehouse space.
The department is asking for any unopened toys — “puzzles, books, board games,” Rackauskas said — except toy guns or weapons.
Businesses can, and many already have, sign up to adopt a family in need and buy gifts from the families’ wish lists.
For more information, contact Rackauskas at (561) 243-6234 or email@example.com.
Here’s a list of the toy drive drop-off locations:
- A&H Automotive – 102 SE 5th Avenue, Delray Beach
- AmTrust North American – 903 NW 65th Street, Boca Raton
- Boston’s on the Beach – 40 South Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach
- Church of the Palms – 1960 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
- Delray Beach Community Center – 50 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach
- Delray Beach Fire-Rescue (All 6 Fire Stations)
- Delray Beach Police Department – 300 West Atlantic Avenue
- Delray Beach Surgical Center – 4800 West Linton Blvd, Suite B, Delray Beach
- Delray Shores Pharmacy – 601 North Congress Avenue, Suite 407, Delray Beach
- Gleneagles Country Club – 7667 Victory Lane, Delray Beach
- Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce – 140 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach
- Grieco Mazda/Kia – 2001 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach
- Incapital – 1800 North Military Trail, Suite 400, Boca Raton
- Meisner Electric – 220 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach
- Miller Physical Therapy – 660 Linton Blvd, #102, Delray Beach
- Old School Square Museum, 51 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
- Palm Beach Gym, 660 Linton Blvd, #104, Delray Beach
- PetSmart – 510 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach
- Pines Delray North – (Christian Social Club) 1431 NW 18th Avenue, Delray Beach
- Pines of Delray East – 2451 Black Olive Blvd, Delray Beach
- Polen Capital -1825 NW Corporate Blvd, Suite 300, Boca Raton
- PurLife – 45 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach
- Sande’s Restaurant – 1717 North Federal Highway, Delray Beach
- Seagate Towers – 220 Macfarlane Drive, Delray Beach
- Shiner Law Group – 95 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton
- Spodak Dental Group – 4665 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
- Stuart & Shelby – 205 George Bush Blvd, Delray Beach