Each year Marc Sorrentino purchases and collect toys for the Salvos’ Christmas Gift Appeal. These toys 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.
“Sadly, despite the generosity of family, friends and the community, there will still be thousands of children of all ages who will be missed this year as Covid has seen more families struggle financially.
“So 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.”
Marc welcomes anyone who would like to donate to drop into the Place Manly office at 75 Cambridge Parade with new, unwrapped toys prior to Sunday 12th of December at 12pm.
Marc would like to thank you in advance for your generosity.