Pasco non-profit asks for help with toy drive

Pasco non-profit puts out the call for help with annual toy drive
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ODESSA, Fla. — With days left to go in its annual toy drive, Messengers of Hope Mission’s CEO is asking the community for help making holidays brighter for those in need.


What You Need To Know

  • Messengers of Hope Mission says donations for its annual toy drive are way down
  • They’re asking the public for donations ahead of the December 17 deadline
  • The toy give away for families in need takes place December 19
  • The non-profit is asking for items for kids up to 18 years old

“I don’t know if it’s economy, I don’t know if it’s shipping, but giving is way, way down,” said CEO Bob Gardner.

Bags of toys cover the desk and floor in Gardner’s office at the non-profit’s headquarters, but he said that’s nothing compared to last year.

“Last year, you couldn’t get in this room,” Gardner said. “It was basically floor-to-ceiling.”

Gardner said he hopes an appeal to the public can boost donations ahead of the December 17 deadline. Messengers of Hope is asking for donations for kids as…

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