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Tots & Tails Christmas Toy Drive

The Tots & Tails Christmas Toy Drive is hosted by the American Military Veterans Foundation (a 501 (c) (3) and therapy dogs, Tala & Abigail (our dogs). AMMILVETS is an organization that helps veterans dealing with the invisible wounds of war – such as PTSD through music therapy, fishing rod making classes, fishing trips, etc. Tala & Abigail are local therapy dogs doing a lot of community outreach, so we put the toy drive in their name as well.

For our toy drive, we collect items for underprivileged children in Lee County and shelter animals. This year, we will be be bringing the joy of Christmas to the Harlem Heights Foundation and the Pine Manor United Way House. We have committed to about 500 kids. We need new, unwrapped toys & animal supplies.

We are not secret donors. We hand-deliver each bag of toys to each child. We convoy to each organization in a procession. We have volunteers that include members of the community, businesses, first responders, veterans, children, family and friends. We have a motorcycle escort, we use a local law enforcement agency’s armored vehicle as our Santa’s sleigh, we have a Santa & Mrs. Claus and our pups, Tala & Abigail. We hand out toys, spend time with the kids, do pictures with Santa, etc.  Last year, we provided Christmas & toys to over 400 kids in Lee & Collier counties and animal supplies to three local shelters. We had over 50 volunteers. We are collecting until Dec. 14 and our toy distribution day is Dec. 22.

We have boxes out at over 30 local businesses to help us collect toys.

Here is the list of all the drop off locations:

Esterra Spa & Salon – 5971 Silver King Blvd. Cape Coral, Fl. #205 33914

One More Round at Bonita Fairways
26740 Sammoset Way Bonita Springs, Fl. 34135

Mike Greenwell’s Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park – 35 NE Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral, Fl. 33909

Hogs and Air Dogs event Nov. 9, 10, 11 at Six Bends Harley Davidson – 9501 Thunder Rd, Fort Myers, FL. 33913

Florida Tracks and Trails – 39450 Bermont Rd. Punta Gorda, Fl. 33982

Integrity Air Conditioning Services, Inc.– 14044 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers, Fl. 33905

Trebing Tile & Carpet – 4537 Del Prado Blvd. S Cape Coral, Fl. 33904

Salty Dog Gallery and Gifts – 1901 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, Fl. 33931

Diamond Daves Creative Jewelry – 1227 Cape Coral Pkwy. Cape Coral, Fl. 33904

Cella Molnar & Associates – 1631 Hendry St, Fort Myers, FL 33901

7-Eleven – 345 Cape Coral Pkwy. Cape Coral, Fl. 33904

Shingitai Jujitsu Academy of Cape Coral – 1423 SE 10th St. Cape Coral, Fl. 33990

Remax:
2326 Del Prado Blvd. Cape Coral, Fl.
814 SW Pine Island Rd. #207 Cape Coral, Fl.
6611 Orion Dr. #104 Fort Myers, Fl.

Achieva Credit Union
2127 Del Prado Blvd S. Cape Coral, Fl.
4379 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, Fl.
2499 Lee Blvd. Lehigh Acres, Fl.

Brightway, The Seuffert Agency – 900 SW Pine Island Rd. #103 Cape Coral, Fl. 33991

Lauren A. Lovell Inc. – 4991 Royal Gulf Cir. Fort Myers, Fl. 33919

Curtain Call Studios -15250 S. Tamiami Trl. Suite # 119-120 33908

Reliant Acute Care, LLC – 5781 Lee Blvd. Unit #105 Lehigh Acres, Fl. 33971

The Cole Team – 1337 Cape Coral Pkwy, Cape Coral, Fl. 33904

Well Kneaded Therapeutic Massage -11595 Kelly Rd. Fort Myers, Fl. 33908

Charlie’s Alterations Ft. Myers – 15600 San Carlos Blvd. #175 Fort Myers, Fl. 33908

Maaco – 4118 Fowler St. Fort Myers, Fl. 33901

Gulf Coast Family Fitness Center – 814 Pine Island Rd. SW #102-104 Cape Coral, Fl. 33991

Barnes Family Chiropractic – 4302 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33904

City Electric Supply at 11931 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33966

Savage 4×4 Inc. at 5770 Enterprise Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33905

Total Look Hair Design at 13251 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, Florida 33919

For those who aren’t local, toys can be mailed to:
Abigail & Tala
Attn: Tots & Tails Christmas Toy Drive
P.O. Box 2953
Fort Myers, Fl. 33902

or, if people order toys online (i.e. Amazon/Target/Petco/etc.), those can be shipped to:
Abigail & Tala
Attn: Tots & Tails Christmas Toy Drive
1350 Monroe St.
#2953
Fort Myers, Fl. 33902

This year we also started a Facebook page called Tots & Tails Christmas Toy Drive to help promote our efforts.

https://www.facebook.com/totsandtailstoydrive/?modal=admin_todo_tour

We created an Amazon idea list to help people pick things to buy for the kids and shelter animals – http://a.co/71sSyno

And, we also started a GoFundMe. 100% of everything raised will go to buy toys &/or animal supplies.

https://www.gofundme.com/tots-amp-tails-christmas-toy-drive?fbclid=IwAR2F9z8ULRgLkVkCUT7u5yFbuC4-7Dr1NxbS3QfS4NuU1-eQeC-q8FirbLk