Last week the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office/Salvation Army Toyz for Keyz Kidz toy drive ended with more than 700 needy kids in Monroe County landing some presents on their wish lists. Drive organizer and MCSO Detective Linda Mixon said the support was nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

In the middle of November, golf tournaments, softball games, and pageants kicked off the 2009 Toyz for Keyz Kidz drive and donations are still coming into the Sheriff’s Office.

“People are still giving us toys,” said Mixon, noting that in the days before Christmas, she and Sheriff Peryam are still delivering toys to places like the Wesley House, the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, families of the Salvation Army, kids in the Monroe County Court system, and kids of local churches.

This past weekend, New Life Church hosted the Marathon leg of the drive with Centennial Bank and the Stock Island Pepsi Distributor turning out with hot dogs and soda for the families.

Mixon’s early estimates of the total donations could be more than $15,000 and she attributes the heartwarming success of the drive to organizations like the Chambers of Commerce, Jaycees, and the local business community who, in the true spirit of Christmas, shelled out check after check as corporate sponsors.

“That was really awesome,” Mixon said. “Even in these tough economic times, everyone was in the giving spirit.”



Toyz for Keyz Kidz organizers like Sheriff Bob Peryam and Detective Linda Hartley-Mixon and volunteers like Mike Puto and Santa Claus pose at the New Life Church in Marathon with hundreds of toys donated by the residents and businesses of Monroe County. Toys




Marathon Garbage Service owner Greg Konrath, pictured with MCSO Detective Linda Mixon was one of many local businesses who pitched in as corporate sponsors for Toyz for Keyz Kidz. An estimated $15,000 and thousands of toys were donated to help the needy kids of Monroe County have a merrier Christmas. MGS



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