Skylight Toy Drive Raises Record Number of Toys for Cleveland Kids
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The first snow storm of the year didn’t stop nearly 100 generous elves from coming out to support the Skylight Foundation Holiday Toy Drive Networking Event last week. The event, which included a special appearance by Santa, was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and added over 300 toys and $700 in donations to bring our total toys collected to a staggering and record-breaking 2,445!

Armando Toska, a first-year planner, who co-chaired this year’s toy drive said “The event was great, people were happy and enjoyed the cool views over the city as the blizzard hit Cleveland.  This is the first year I’ve helped with the toy drive and I was astounded by its success and by how much our firm is doing to help those in our community that are less fortunate.  Being involved in this great cause has been very special to me.”

Drew Stelzer, who also co-chaired the toy drive for the first time, added “The networking event was extremely successful and I can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity. It’s been amazing to be part of the first-class toy drive and to work with a wonderful team determined to help children experience the magic of Christmas.  This great cause is something I will always remember.”

The four co-chairs of the Skylight Toy Drive were honoured to join our toy drive partners, the Cleveland Police Foundation, at the 2nd District’s Children’s Christmas Party at St Wendelin on Saturday 16th were over 200 terrific kids and their families were treated to lunch, a singing Santa and toys were distributed.

Jeff Zemito, co-chair of the toy drive, said “We have been totally blown away by people’s generosity this year.  We have taken the toy drive from 800 toys three years ago to nearly 2,500 this year which is an incredible achievement.  A massive thank you to all the individuals, businesses, clients and employees at Skylight Financial Group for their donations.  Also to Target at Steelyard Commons for their support and giving us 25% off all the toys we bought.”

Jonathan Goldson, co-chair, added “It was amazing to be able to join the 2nd District’s annual Christmas party and see the kids so delighted with the gifts they received.  The impact in our community is far-reaching.  Toys will be distributed at other Christmas parties organized by the Police Foundation and will continue to be distributed to children in need throughout the year.  It’s a privilege to be involved and to be able to make a difference.”

Check out our gallery for photos from this year’s toy drive.