Viera Lions Club brings toys to Sharing Center of Brevard


The Viera Lions Club buys Christmas toys and donates them to the Sharing Center of Brevard.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with dolls that can talk and go for a walk, and footballs and games for  the boys as the Viera Lions Club members continue their tradition of donating Christmas toys to the Sharing Center of Brevard.

“Beginning in October, I take a letter of introduction to area businesses that explains what we do to collect toys,” said Judy Blakney, a member of the Lions Club who has been the shopper for the Lions project for the past three years. “We donated 200 toys last year. This year, we are having more than that as members have not only stepped up to the plate but have gone beyond that.”

Six area businesses have helped with discounts or gift cards. From what the Lions members raised and gave for donations and adding in-store discounts, Blakney shops until all the money is gone.

The deadline is Dec. 8 when “we have several of our members take their biggest vehicles and pack up all the toys taking them to Dave Brubaker, executive director/CEO of Brevard Sharing Center where the items are unloaded,’’ Blakney said.

“They have a need for more toys for girls than boys this year,” Blakney said. “We collect for infants through age 13. It made me feel like a little girl again to buy more dolls this year.

“I buy toys and then some games, not anything like guns and I do not buy anything that requires batteries,” Blakney said. “I do buy some educational toys and limit my price for all toys to $25 or under. I go to all the area stores and know what the prices are. I do some ordering online. This is a lot of fun. I don’t have any grandchildren, and I enjoy doing this and look forward to it every year.”

“She is in charge of the toy shopping, knows all about it and loves it,” said Angela Coffman, a Lions Club member.