Friday, November 25, 2016

Toy Drives for Children with Disabilities

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it's time to think about the December holiday season. The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) is holding its inaugural virtual 5K to raise money for the purchase of adapted toys for children with disabilities. Adapted toys are more expensive and aren't included often in holiday toy drives. FAAST is asking participants for a $25 donation. At least 30 children with special needs will be served by this fundraiser. To make a donation, go to

Located at 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne, the Azan Shrine Center will hold its annual Poker Toy Run on Saturday, November 26, with breakfast beginning at 9:00 A.M and registration an hour later. Attendees are asked to bring unwrapped toy donations or $10. Participants will receive their first poker card at the start of the run and then collect four more cards at different locations, ending at the Azan Shrine Center. People with the best poker hands will be given prizes. The Azan Shrine Center specializes in helping children with orthopedic issues, burns, and spinal cord injuries. The donations from the toy run will be split between their children's hospital in Tampa and other children in need at Christmas. For more details, go to

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