Caridad Center is the largest free healthcare clinic in Florida and one of the largest in the entire nation.
Caridad offers comprehensive medical, vision, & dental care for the uninsured and underserved children & families of Palm Beach County. More than 700 doctors, dentists, nurses, dental hygienists, as well as many others in the area of outreach & education give their time so generously to help our cause.
The Caridad Center is working tirelessly daily to ensure that the poor, uninsured, and underserved individuals and families of Palm Beach County receive our life-changing healthcare, education, and outreach programs. Caridad gives families a fighting chance to stay healthy and to get the proper medical, vision, & dental treatment. For thousands of people in Palm Beach County who come from all walks of life, Caridad is the only hope they will have for living a healthy life.
Mission:To upgrade the health, education, and living standards of underserved children and families.
Vision:To eliminate the cycle of poverty for the families that we serve in South Florida.
Caridad Center provides services to uninsured children and adults who reside in Palm Beach County and live at or below the 200% federal poverty level. Proof of income, a photo ID, proof that you live in Palm Beach County, and a birth certificate for children 18 yrs. and younger are required.
To learn more about Caridad Center, click here
The purpose of the Wayne Barton Study Center is to enhance the health, welfare, and education of children in need in our community. We believe that positive choices empower our youth into leading productive lives. High School graduation is the expectation of the Study Center; college education is the goal. WBSC is intended to fill those needs that are not being met through the home or school. The Study Center emphasizes academic development, counseling, nutritional needs, study skills, recreational activities, living skills, and citizenship in a multicultural society.
The Wayne Barton Study center came about when retired Boca Raton Police Officer Wayne Barton patrolled the Pearl City neighborhood in the 1980s. He understood the challenges facing the area’s youth as he had grown up under very similar circumstances: poor, suffering from low self-esteem, being told he would never amount to anything. To give the youth a “boost” he convinced the local housing authority to allow him to turn a 600 square foot apartment in Dixie Manor public housing project into a study center. The neighborhood youth were invited to use the center as a safe place to do their homework and escape an often- chaotic home environment that did not support learning.
Although the apartment was a good beginning, it was not large enough to accommodate all the youth who needed and wanted help. Wayne Barton envisioned a true study center designed to get young people off the streets and guide them toward a successful future. The challenge to meet the needs of the youth resulted in the formation of Barton’s Boosters, a group that worked tirelessly to raise $2.3 million dollars to construct the Wayne Barton Study Center.
To learn more about The Wayne Barton Study Center, click here
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If you would like to have your company or product on the day of the event, we can do that! This is great for you to be a part of the fun at the event and still promote your business.
Buy a Gift Online and send to us if you can't make the event
You can order a gift online at your favorite store and get the gift to be delivered to our address. This way, you can pick the gift you want and still donate without leaving your computer! We will display a few links to help you get going faster. Please feel free to buy from whatever store works best for you, even if the link is not listed here.
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Any amount, no matter how big or small, is always greatly appreciated. If you would like to support this event by donating financially, you will go directly to buying more toys! This is an excellent option if you do not have time to purchase the toys yourself or can't come to the event. Click here to donate:
Donate with your Holiday Party
Are you having a Holiday Party? You or your company can ask guests to bring toys to the party! This way, you can donate in a fun way. We can arrange to have the toys picked up, or you can bring the toys to the toy drive, whatever works best! If it is a company holiday party, we will be sure to publicly thank your company on the website and social media (more promotion for your business).
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Become a Volunteer
There are many ways to become a volunteer. You can either sign up for a time slot to help at the actual event, or you can help behind the scenes on the days leading up to the event. Behind the scenes includes things like graphic design, social media, pick-up of toys, anything you want to help with! Volunteers entirely run this event, yet the operations are an everyday company, so we can use all the help we can get. If that is not something you can do, but you would still like to volunteer, you can come and help during the event. We need help with operations at the event with set-up and break-down, organizing toys, and many more. This is a great way to participate in the success of this event actively.
Become a Sponsor
Becoming a sponsor is an excellent opportunity for your business! You can either make a financial contribution or exchange services. With this, we will have you as a designated sponsor on our flyers, website, and social media. Your business will be a great addition to the Toy Drive because we need all the help, we can get to make this a great event. Your business will be promoted, and you will be helping your community; it's a win-win!
Become a Drop-Off Location
If you are interested in becoming a destination for toys to be received, you can become a drop-off location! We provide you with a box, and all you need to do is put it in your office or desired location. The address will be shared on our website and social media so that people know they can drop off their toys with you. When your box becomes filled, we will arrange to come to pick up the toys. All you need to do is be willing to open your location! This is a great way to engage because it allows more toys to be collected at many sites!
About the Toy Drive
Toy Drive never fails to bring the community together for the common good as an annual family event. Families come out to enjoy free carousel rides, food, and Santa, all while bringing toys and donations for this Rotary Event. All six Rotary Clubs have partnered together over the years to host a successful Toy Drive.
The Toy Drive started in 2006 with the idea of Douglas Heizer and David Wilson. The Rotary Clubs of Boca Raton helped build the Carousel at Sugar Sand Park. As a Thank-You, the park gave the Rotary Clubs one day to use the carousel however they wanted. As Rotarians tend to do, they found a need in the community and went to solve it.
"It was a need I saw in our community that was being neglected, and I knew we had to make a difference somehow. I never expected this Toy Drive to get so big, but I am excited and happy to see the community joining together for such an important cause," says co-founder Douglas Heizer.
This Toy Drive collects toys for Wayne Barton Study Center. In the past twelve years, over $75,000 in toys and donations were collected from our community, for our community.
There are multiple different drop-off locations around Boca Raton. The spots are utilized to help increase the number of donations and promote the event. The Toy Drive also hopes to get assistance from Company Holiday Parties.
Throughout November, the Rotary Club and the open drop-off locations will accept toys and donations for the Boca Raton Toy Drive. All leading up to the Toy Drive event on December 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm at Sugar Sand Park, where kids can go on free rides on the carousel and see Santa. The event will also have free barbeque lunch and drinks with a donation or toy.