Operation: Toy Delivery with Edmarc

Nine times out of 10, if there’s a fire truck in your neighborhood, there is cause for alarm. But when it’s that remaining 10% chance and Edmarc is involved, it’s tim...

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Operation: Toy Delivery with Edmarc

Posted by Crystal Salazar on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 12:02pm.

Nine times out of 10, if there’s a fire truck in your neighborhood, there is cause for alarm. But when it’s that remaining 10% chance and Edmarc is involved, it’s time to hug your family a little tighter and smile.

A fire truck escorting a big bus into a neighborhood is the last phase of the Movies With Santa operation. After all the toys are generously donated, they are packed up and brought to Edmarc. Edmarc then goes and separates the toys by each family’s wish list, plans the routes to deliver all the toys, and more importantly, aims to bring a little Christmas joy to these families who are dealing with so, so much.

The planning and coordination to get this accomplished is impressive, especially because it involves over 60 stops. Aforementioned fire trucks are on standby, police officers are at the ready to drive the buses, and buses are loaded with mountains of toys. To paint a better visual, the bus is filled with not only the toys, but a photographer and videographer to document the journey for the families, a musician, and plenty of volunteers. The entire day is spent going from home to home, and to help everyone on the bus get through the 7 different runs they have, the bus is stocked with snacks and drinks too.

Our partnership with Edmarc started in 2007. Before Movies With Santa, we kept the event in-house and it was called Toys And Trees For Kids. Our agents, their families, and their clients all look forward to the event each year, and so much so that we’re nearly growing out of our current venue. We’re incredibly thankful for the relationship and can’t wait until next year’s event.

If you would like to be more involved with Edmarc, please email volunteer@edmarc.org or call 757-967-9251 ext. 203. From assisting with their fall festival to one-on-one support to families, they would love your help!

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