Adriana Acosta

The 7th Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Drive has been underway since early November and Walgreen’s has been a part of the toy drive by accepting unwrapped toy donations in all Valley locations. The toy drive is a partnership of caring organizations coming together to bring the Christmas spirit to the children of the community. Toy donations will be accepted through Dec. 19.

The Annual Christmas toy drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the McAllen Public Safety Building at 1601 Bicentennial Blvd. at 9 a.m. with a parade of characters and toy giveaway following the parade to children.

“It is contributions from our members in the community, that come together and donate toys, money, and labor, to brighten up Christmas to kids,” said Chief of Police Victor Rodriguez.

Deputy City Manager Brent Branham said they are expecting over 5,000 kids on the day of the Annual Christmas for Kids project.

“I like to think of it as Santa in a blue suit, it’s a pretty good way to think about it,” he said.

Dora Brown, Vice president of IBC Bank said she was glad to be a part of the event and hopes people get involved with the toy drive. “We want everyone to go out there and get involved. With the state of how things are going on this year, we hope to have many more toys,” she said. “We won’t be able to do this without the help of everyone.”

Walgreen’s District Manager, Jerry Moreno, give the McAllen Police department a $500 donation for the toy drive.

“We are not just asking people to open up their wallets and give their money, we are asking them to open their hearts and give back to the community, unfortunately the way it is with the economy there is going to be more kids out there wanting a toy, and that toy will make a difference,” said Tony Malish, district supervisor for Walgreen’s.

Other corporate sponsors include IBC Bank, Coca-Cola, Walgreen, Best Buy, Lone Star National Bank, T-Mobile and Blue Bell.