Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings Launches 10th Annual Toy Drive

Adds online gift shopping and contact-free toy drop-off event to allow for safe collections

WHAT: With the need expected to be greater this year due to the COVID-19, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has launched the 2020 Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drivewith additional participation opportunities to ensure safety during the annual holiday drive.

In effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and safely collect toys, this year Orange County employees and residents can donate online, drop off toys at county-wide collection sites and participate in a contact-free drive-thru event to donate toys on Monday, November 23, 2020.

WHO:  Residents are encouraged to purchase a new, unwrapped toy and either drop-off in person or make an online donation– no cash, gift cards or plush toys are accepted.

It is recommended that extra items be included with some toys, e.g. batteries with electronic toys, or crayons with a coloring book.

  • Online shopping donations will be accepted until Monday, December 7, 2020    
  • In-person donations will be accepted until Monday, December 14, 2020

For a full list of public-drop off locations throughout Orange County, visit: www.ocfl.net/ToyDrive

WHEN:

Online Shopping:

This contactless donation option is available now until December 7, 2020 by simply visiting www.ocfl.net/ToyDrive. This option allows donors to purchase items for the Mayor’s Toy Drive from the comfort of their home.

Shop, Drop and Make a Difference Drive-Thru Event:

Stuff, Knightro, Shades, Kingston and Scooter will join forces with Mayor Demings to collect toys, while local heroes from Orange County Fire Rescue will ‘show and tell’ emergency response vehicles.

Monday, November 23, 2020
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  1. Silver Star Recreation Center, 2801 North Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818
  2. Downey Park, 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825

(Contactless Donation Drive-Thru Event to occur simultaneously)

**Mayor Demings will be at Downey Park at 10:30 a.m. for media availability**

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ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT:    Despina McLaughlin, 321-347-5964

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, an award-winning convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Diane Sears

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