Crest Cleaners in Viera hosts radio show, toy drive
WAOA-FM co-host Cheree Carter with Keith Houston, owner of Crest Cleaners.
photo by viera voice katie parsons
Families throughout Brevard County had a happier holiday season as a result of the Toys for Kids drive and local business Crest Cleaners was a co-sponsor.
Started in 1995 by local WAOA-FM DJ Timmy Vee, the nonprofit group never turns a family away that applies for the program meant to provide gifts for children ranging to 10 years old.
Toys for Kids brought in 20,000 toys directly through the organization this year. Another 6,000 toys were collected at drop-off locations.
The 11 locations of Crest Cleaners in Brevard County served as drop-off points for toys, including the Viera spot at 5525 Porada Dr. that just opened in June.
“We’ve had a great turnout of toys at this location,” said Keith Houston, owner of Crest Cleaners. “We really enjoy participating year after year at all of our locations, and seeing the community’s generosity.”
Collection started the day after Thanksgiving and ran until Dec. 9. From there, toys at drop-off spots were taken to the organization’s distribution center and handed out to the families who applied. No application is ever denied.
The Timmy Vee Show was present at two Crest Cleaners locations on different days of the toy drive in order to promote it and encourage locals to stop by with their donations. The final day of donation drop offs, the radio show set up in the parking lot of Crest Cleaners’ Viera location.
“We provide three to five toys per family to make sure that everyone has a great Christmas,” said WAOA’s Cheree Carter, Timmy Vee’s co-host. “The older kids get bikes, with helmets. We have a lot of generous people in this area who make these holidays really great for the families who apply.”
Though the cut-off age is 10, Carter says that older kids are not left out when families apply on behalf of the younger siblings.
“We don’t ask for a lot of information from the families, but take them at their word,” Carter said. “We focus on distributing all of the generous donations that this community provides.”
Though the toy drop offs begin after Thanksgiving, the organization accepts donations year-round. For more information, visit Toysforkidsbrevard.org.