Saturday, December 4, 2010

Crazy, busy time of the year

In less than an hour this morning volunteer shoppers for the 25th Annual Holiday Toy Drive, Santa Cop, spent more than $5,000 on gifts at Bealls Department Store, 7365 52nd Place East in the Creekwood Crossing Shopping Center.

Helping Manatee Lodge 70 of the Fraternal Order of Police are the Gulf Coast Corvette Club and the Mustang Club of West Central Florida. More than 120 classic, collectible cars are in the parking until about 3 p.m. for a car show.

Ken Dodd, treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police, is hopeful that before the day is out, toy drive shoppers will have spent $10,000. The money goes a long way with the steeply discounted prices Bealls is providing.

The toys go to disadvantaged children who might otherwise go without, said Captain Robert Williams of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and president of Manatee Lodge 70.

Daniel J. Boyle, senior vice president of Bealls, said, "How can you not get a smile on your face when you see all these toys going to kids?"

Store manager Charlene Pursell said what the event shows is "the spirit of the season."

Santa Cop is just one of dozens events going on in Manatee this weekend. Take a look at the link below for others.


Ron Berno of Palmetto is showing his green 2006 Corvette.

Les Barkovich of Parrish brought his spotless 1956 Chevy to the show.
Patricia Rhodes and Greg Stratakes buy toys for the Santa Cop program.

Linda Volino (left) and Susan Otto load up on toys for the Santa Cop program.
Kaydin Morrissey met the Grinch at Bealls on her fifth birthday Saturday.

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