Christmas is fast approaching, and Christ Church is collecting toys. Parishioners ran a drive-thru toy and food drive for Our Daily Bread of Bradenton on Wednesday morning.
Donations piled up prior to the event. Members delivered two carloads of food and toys including four bicycles on Saturday. The final push brought in six more bikes and two more carloads.
“On Dec. 22, they hand out the toys to the children,” Sue Wertman said. “Last year, they had about 100 kids. We just enjoy giving back to the community.”
Our Daily Bread has served over 2 million meals since opening in 1984. The majority of those served are not homeless but struggling, many of which have children.
Charlotta Langley strolled up with a Publix bag, pushing a pink and blue bike with silver streamers. The handlebars read “Seastar.”
Annie Pelgen was in town from Kentucky, visiting her twin sister Bonnie Schneider for Thanksgiving. The sisters dropped off two bags of food and three bags of toys.
In total, 40 donors contributed.