Each year Marc Sorrentino purchases and collect toys for the Salvos’ Christmas Gift Appeal. These toys help to make Christmas a joyous occasion for children who would otherwise go without.
But how did it all begin?
“Ten years ago my then teenage daughter Monroe approached me with this idea of inviting her friends over to our house,” explained Marc. “The plan was that we supplied dinner and in return her friends brought a toy that we would then give to the Salvation Army for underprivileged kids.”
Monroe’s initial idea has since become a Sorrentino family tradition that gains momentum each year.
“It was such a positive experience that it became a family tradition that just kept growing, from a boot full of toys to a car full, to a van full, and these days the Salvos’ truck is required to pick up all the toys because it has become so big,” said Marc.
“If I had to guess, I would estimate that in the past 10 years thanks to our friends and community we have collected over 7000 toys.
“We are reaching out to our wonderful community to help us by donating a toy or two so more kids can participate in the joy of Christmas.”
This year marks the tenth year of the Sorrentino family Salvo’s Christmas toy collection. Marc invites anyone who is able to drop a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Sorrentino Property office/Le Bistro, located at 75 Cambridge Parade, Manly, prior to Friday 16th of December at 4pm.
“Our family would like to thank our community in advance. Let’s make sure that no child misses out on the joy of receiving a present this Christmas,” said Marc.