Over 700 toys, given by residents and staff of Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida, were gifted Tuesday to the annual Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center toy drive during a brief ceremony on the South Fort Myers life planned community’s campus.
Cypress Cove is an annual partner with toy drive organizers’ The Heights Center and Gladiolus Learning and Development Center. Toys for more than 800 children, ranging in ages 3 to 15 years, have been collected by organizers for distribution December 19 at the center’s “Operation Christmas Care.”
Tina Parsons, Executive Director of the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Heights Foundation President and CEO Kathryn Kelly and Outreach Coordinator Jody Callahan accepted more than 700 toys and gifts from Cypress Cove.
According to Cypress Cove Resident Services Director and community toy drive coordinator Mary Franklin, Cypress Cove residents and employees have donated several thousand toys during the community’s four-year toy drive affiliation.
Executive Director Michele Wasserlauf applauded the toy drive support from Cypress Cove residents and employees. “They are extremely generous,” she said, “and we are delighted to be part of a program that brings great joy to children of the Harlem Heights neighborhood.”
Gifts will be distributed on Saturday, December 19 at Operation Christmas Care where each child will have the opportunity to choose a toy, meet Santa and enjoy holiday refreshments.
From left, Heights Center Foundation President and CEO Kathryn Kelly, Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida Resident Council President Sherry Schreier, Gladiolus Learning and Development Center Executive Director Tina Parsons, Outreach Coordinator Jody Callahan, Cypress Cove Executive Director Michele Wasserlauf and Resident Service Director Mary Franklin shared in Tuesday’s gifting ceremony at Cypress Cove where resident and staff donated more than 700 toys and gifts to the Harllem Heights center’s December 19 “Operation Christmas Care” give-away. It marks the fourth consecutive year that Cypress Cove has played a primary role in the annual Christmas toy gifting. More than 2,000 toys and gifts have been given by Cypress Cove residents to this worthy cause.