Annual Miramar Park of Commerce Polar Express Toy Drive Collects Gifts for Underserved Kids in Miramar
Tenants generously donated toys to be delivered in time for the holidays by the Miramar Police Department
Not even a pandemic could prevent the Fifth Annual Sunbeam Properties & Development Polar Express Toy Drive, where more than 40 tenants of the Miramar Park of Commerce generously dropped off bikes, skateboards, books, toys and more, ensuring that underserved children and families throughout Miramar experience the magic of the holidays. The gifts will be delivered to families in Miramar by the Miramar Police Department.
“We are so thankful to be able to collect toys in this unprecedented year which we hope will help make the holiday season a little brighter and bring joy to local families who are struggling. I am also so proud of our incredible staff who made this event possible,” said Maridee Bell, vice president of Sunbeam Properties & Development, developer of the Miramar Park of Commerce. “Now more than ever, it’s so important for our local community to connect with a spirit of generosity. ”
In the past, the Sunbeam Polar Express traveled from the Miramar Park of Commerce in a procession of holiday-decorated vehicles surrounded by a full police escort to deliver donated toys to the Miramar police station. This year, Miramar Park of Commerce tenants drove up and dropped off gifts throughout the day. Tenants and police officers also enjoyed some socially distanced holiday fun, including pizzas donated by new Miramar Park of Commerce tenant Koning Restaurants, franchise owner and operator of Pizza Hut restaurants in South Florida.
Recipients of the donated toys included Kiwanis Club of Miramar/Pembroke Pines, Annabel C. Perry Elementary School, Whispering Pines Center, Henry D. Perry Education Center and Haven Lakes Estates.
In addition to the Sunbeam Polar Express, Sunbeam Properties & Development supports the City of Miramar through donations to the Miramar Police Athletic League’s Hangin’ with 5-0, a free, six-week summer camp and life-changing program for at-risk youth in Miramar. Resources have also been donated for the Ansin Sports Complex and the Ansin Family Gallery in the Miramar Cultural Center. The Miramar Park of Commerce has also been the site for supply drives for America’s Moms for Soldiers, toy drives for Miramar children in need, and a food drive for the United Way of Broward County.