Toy Drive Helps Local Families

Toy Drive Helps Local Families Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) – More than 135,000 donated toys have helped children in the St. Cloud area have a Merry Christmas, thanks to a real estate agency’s toy drive.

Coldwell Banker in St. Cloud has been working with Toys for Tots for 17 years to collect gifts for families in need.

Sales Associates, like Todd Edstrom, invite clients to bring an unwrapped toy to the event in exchange for a Christmas tree, a wreath or mini-Christmas tree.

“All of our toys that are donated in St. Cloud will stay in St. Cloud, the Marine Core Auxiliary will take those toys to distribution centers here in St. Cloud and get them to local kids and help make their Christmas special.”

He says the event is really a win-win for everyone.

“This is for the community, this is giving back and I am so proud of my company, we’re going to make a lot of kids happy this Christmas.”

Those in attendance also got to meet Santa and have their picture taken with old Saint Nick along with enjoying homemade cookies and live music.

The event brought in more than 400 families to the Moose Lodge in Waite Park on Saturday.

Coldwell Banker plans to hold the event again next year.

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