Holiday Toy Drive by HELP Miami and the Church of Scientology

Teaming up to make the Holidays special for local children

For 29 years, HELP Miami and the Church of Scientology Miami have provided toys to needy children in their community. HELP Miami and Miami Church staff and public combined forces to provide every child on their list with two to three high-quality toys.

The toys benefit children enrolled in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

Toys collected by staff and students of the Church of Scientology Miami for underserved local children.
Toys collected by staff and students of the Church of Scientology Miami for underserved local children

“The best part about this year’s toy drive,” said a volunteer, “is that after we bought toys for all the children on our list, we had $190 left, so we went to Target and gifted strangers with holiday toys. One man kept saying, “Dude! I just came to get my niece a water bottle!” He couldn’t believe they were going to buy her gifts. “I told him that I chose him because he and his niece obviously cared so much for each other,” said the volunteer who was helping spend the additional money. “We bought his niece a Barbie set, a stuffed animal, Slime, an art kit and a board game.”

A woman had just put a toddler toy in her cart when the volunteer approached her. “She told me her 3-year-old son was born prematurely and had a very tough start to his life. She works, but she struggles. Fortunately, her son is 100 percent now. He likes trucks, so we filled her cart with a whole series of dump trucks, a fire truck, a camper and a train, which she’ll give him on Christmas morning. 

She cried in the checkout line. So did the cashier.

For more information on HELP Miami, watch an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network. Learn about an exceptional school that brings new hope to students and parents.

For more information on the Church of Scientology Miami, watch Destination Scientology: Miami on the Scientology Network.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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