By Sharon Aron Baron
For a third straight year, Tropical Financial Credit Union partnered with the WPLG Local 10 on the Big Bus Toy Express to collect toys for the Toys for Tots program, organized by the Marine Corps. Reserves.
On December 11, station newscasters hopped aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. They visited various businesses around South Florida, picking up donated new, unwrapped toys and doing live reports from each site.
The day-long mission started bright and early at Tropical Financial’s Kendall branch and ended at its Coral Springs branch around dusk, with several stops in between.
Each site was adorned with the Christmas spirit as Santa’s helpers all social distanced and wore masks for protection.
Tropical Financial members, employees, and people from the general public all contributed to the cause, bringing in hundreds of toys with the credit union itself donating another $1,000 to Toys for Tots.
Through Tropical’s efforts and those of others, WPLG collected a record-setting 16,000 thousand toys — enough to fill the bus and two 27-foot trucks.
“It’s been a very challenging year with the pandemic, so it was more important than ever to make sure the kids in our community have presents to open on Christmas Day,” said Rich Helber, CEO and president of Tropical Financial Credit Union. “As a credit union, helping the community is part of our DNA.”
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