Elev8hope Free Holiday Toy Giveaway
By Jackie Holfelder
Elev8Hope made the holidays much happier for hundreds of Martin County children at the non-profit’s Free Holiday Toy Giveaway.
In spite of the financial impact many have dealt with due to the ongoing pandemic, Elev8Hope’s “angels” were more generous than ever before.
Some 147 bikes found new owners, 6,400 gaily wrapped toys wound up in eager little hands and – all-in-all – 1.400 people were blessed to receive a gift that made the holiday brighter.
This free event with Santa is a tradition for Martin County youth and this year more than ever they were eager to participate.
After months of their being separated from friends due to covid-19 restrictions, Elev8hope knew that the excited kids would be anxious to see their buddies.
Nevertheless, volunteers and board members of the 501(c)(3) were able to put on an event that followed strict safety guidelines without sacrificing holiday fun.
In spite of the many cancellations that have abounded this year, Elev8Hope knew it could stage a “semi-normal” event in a socially- distanced way.
Food was provided by Sonny’s BBQ. M.E’s Team was on-site to provide free underwear and socks to all and Caring Children Clothing Children’s mobile van was filled with new clothes for the kids.
Tony Solomon provided music entertainment and Dr. Justin Madigan, DC, was Santa.
Elev8Hope is a boots-on-the-ground non-profit that adds light to Martin County, using compassion as the torch. It is student-led and heart-driven.
To learn more, visit www.elev8hope.org.
147 bikes were given away
Dr. Justin Madigan with two attendees
Rina Shpiruk, CEO of Elev8Hope, with student leaders/volunteers
Children received 6,400 toys
Volunteers from Martin County Sheriff Office and Elev8Hope
Rina Shpiruk, CEO of Elev8Hope and Dr. Justin Madigan aka Santa
Rina Shpiruk, CEO of Elev8Hope and Pete Del Toro, Elev8Hope board president