Long & Foster Real Estate, the nation’s No. 1 independent residential real estate brand, has announced that its Strawberry Street office will be heading up the collection efforts in the Fan for the Toys for Tots Campaign. The office will launch its toy drive on November 28. Toys may be dropped off at the Strawberry Street office, located at 409 Strawberry Street in Richmond, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. before December 16.
For well over a decade, the Strawberry Street office has been the designated drop-off site for all those who wish to contribute to this worthwhile program that is coordinated by The United States Marine Corps. Look for the sign and mountain of toys in the window at the office. They will be accepting any and all donations of new, unwrapped toys with tags still attached.
In addition, this year the agents at Strawberry Street decided to kick it up a notch. Anybody who brings in a donation will be receiving a ticket for a special holiday movie event on December 8 at The Byrd Theatre. Attendees will be able to visit with Santa while listening to seasonal favorites being played on the Byrd’s famous Wurlitzer organ. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided and after settling in, the fan-favorite movie, Elf, will be shown. If you aren’t able to get to the Strawberry Street office beforehand, gifts will be accepted at the event. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., and the movie begins at 1:30 p.m. It is sure to be an evening of fun for both children and adults.
Long & Foster offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are participating in the Toys for Tots donation drive. This year marks the company’s 28th year participating in the holiday collection campaign. Between now and mid-December, each of Long & Foster’s more than 200 offices throughout seven states and the District of Columbia will accept toy donations. Long & Foster employees at the company’s home office in Chantilly, Virginia, will also participate in the annual holiday campaign.
“Giving back to the many communities in which we live and work is important to our Long & Foster family, which is why we participate in the Toys for Tots drive year after year,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief executive officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “The U.S. Marines have built a tremendous program with Toys for Tots, and our employees, agents and their clients appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to share the holiday spirit with children who might not receive anything otherwise.”
Once the toys are collected and presented to the U.S. Marines, they are distributed through churches and social welfare agencies to the neediest children throughout the community. Started by the U.S. Marines in 1947, the Toys for Tots campaign is an annual toy collecting drive that now reaches throughout 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Toys for Tots has distributed millions of toys to millions of children over the years, and Long & Foster contributes to this effort by collecting thousands of new toys throughout the company’s Mid-Atlantic market area each year.
For information on this year’s Toys for Tots Campaign, call the Strawberry Street office at (804) 340-0840 or visit toysfortots.org.