The Peoria Diamond Club will be hosting the 26th Annual Volunteer Holiday Toy Drive, Dec. 9, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
After embarking on a successful partnership with Peoria Unified School District in 2014, the PDC again aims to bring holiday cheer to local families in need. Out of 33 elementary schools in the district, 22 are classified as Title 1 schools, of whom at least 40% of students are on free or reduced lunches.
The PDC’s volunteers - known as Red Shirts - are major contributors in toy donations, and supplemental gifts are purchased using cash donations and organizational discounts at local stores. PDC employees work with school district nurses and teachers to identify families that can benefit from this program, and because of this collaborative effort, toys will be in families’ homes before the winter break begins.
General Manager Rosalind Shanley said it is gratifying to know that not only does PDC's volunteer labor force contribute so much to the ongoing effort to provide better services and programs to the youth of the West Valley, but the toy drive also contributes to allowing the children of Peoria some magic to their holiday.
PDC will be taking drop off donations of unwrapped toys at the Peoria Sports Complex lobby through Dec. 15.
"We encourage everyone to participate in the toy drive, and in doing so, help us brighten the world of a child. We are happy to do our part and highly encourage others to open their hearts and find ways to give back to our community as well, however that may be,” Shanley said.
Those interested in contributing to the Peoria Diamond Club’s 26th Annual Toy Drive can either email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 623-773-8710.