DELRAY BEACH — More than a dozen volunteers spent Thursday evening at a warehouse in Delray Beach packaging personalized bags filled with gifts to donate to needy children this holiday season.
“Many of these children don’t expect to have gifts during the holidays,” said Detective Adrian Rackauskas, who coordinates Delray Beach Police’s annual toy drive. The packaged gifts will be delivered to families on Saturday, Dec. 17 — and volunteers are needed to make it happen.
Thousands of toys were collected this year, and the recipients, all children from Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, were selected by school officials.
The delivery is the best part, said Rackauskas, evidenced by the dozens of photos on the police department’s Facebook page of gleaming families from last year’s toy delivery. Volunteers will partner with a police officer and drive to the homes of needy families to deliver the gifts.
On Thursday, a handful of residents showed up the warehouse where the gifts were stored to package them. Each bag was labeled with the name of a child and their gender and age. Volunteers used that information to hand-pick five to six donated gifts for each child.
By the end of the evening, several toys remained at the warehouse. Those will handed out by police officers to children they encounter throughout the city, and donated to local children’s hospitals, Rackauskas said.
To volunteer on Saturday, Dec. 17, meet the Delray Beach Police officers outside the warehouses on Artist’s Alley, at the southeast corner of Northwest Fourth Street and Northwest Third Avenue, at 10 a.m.
For more information, contact Danielle Beardsley, the city’s special events coordinator, at (561) 243-7277.