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Holiday Helper’s Toy Drive

by Jan 28, 2019Blog and News0 comments

Neighbors Helping Neighbors After Hurricane Michael

On October 10th, 2018 Bay County was decimated by Hurricane Michael. We are grateful and blessed that the place we call home, the Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Panama City Beach was not affected to the extent that Panama City and surrounding areas were. After realizing how blessed we were, here on the beach we knew we had to do something to help our neighbors.

With the holiday season approaching, Heather Register, Guest Activities Manager of the Holiday Inn Resort started planning what became the Holiday Helper’s Toy Drive. Her team looked at Hurricane Michael as the Grinch and they were not going to let him steal our Christmas this year! The Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Express & Suites teamed up with Coastal Internal Medicine to spread the word throughout our community.

It was amazing the response that was received from both near and far. The 850 was strong and pulled together, family, friends, strangers, co-workers, and amazing guests of the Holiday Inn Resort and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites all came together as a team for the children and families of Bay County.

 

It’s Not a Toy Drive without Santa!

On November 17th, 2018 and December 8th, 2018 Santa, Mrs. Claus, and our elves set up outside Target in Pier Park, to greet families and collect toys for children affected by Hurricane Michael. Both days were a huge success We were grateful to have the opportunity to have Breakfast Point Academy Beta Club join us for one of our events as well. It was so overwhelming to see how our community has pulled together in more ways than one. “I am honored to have been a part of such a wonderful project in giving back to our community. Kid’s have always held a special place in my heart and to know we helped put a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning was enough for me,” said Register.
“We collected just over 2000 toys in all! Thank you to all who contributed to our Toy Drive and keep the Christmas Spirit alive this year!” Heather Register – Guest Activities Manager of the Holiday Inn Resort
All toys collected for the Holiday Helper’s Toy Drive remained in Bay County and were donated to the City of Lynn Haven, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, and Salvage Santa.
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