Who benefits from the Children's Christmas Party of Jacksonville?
Jacksonville's children, 12 years of age and younger, who otherwise might not receive toys for Christmas, will be treated to a fun day in celebration of this important holiday.
When will the Party be held?
Saturday, December 14th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. or earlier if all toys are distributed.
Where is the Party held?
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, Florida. There is plenty of free parking. Accessible public transportation is nearby.
What will the Party be like?
As many as 8,000 children along with their parents stand in line (first- come, first served) to receive toys and a chance to win a bike. Once the doors open, the line moves quickly as children enter a beautifully decorated Party and are greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Hundreds of volunteers await the opportunity to hand out toys and provide entertainment. Each child chooses several toys among electronics, balls, games, musical instruments, preschool learning toys and infant toys. In addition, they receive novelty toys, books and rulers.
How did the Children's Christmas Party get started?
The Party, a non-profit organization, was founded in December 1999 by Travis and Margaret Storey to provide toys for Jacksonville's children. The 15th Annual Party will be celebrated on Saturday, December 14th, 2013.
Was last year's Party a success?
Yes! Because of the generosity of Jacksonville's companies and citizens, enough funds were collected to buy 24,000 brand new toys plus 750 special wheeled items (bikes, wagons and scooters). In addition, 65,000 of Ja-Ru's novelty toys were given to children in need. Toys donated by Toys for Tots and concerned citizens as well as helmets from Duval Traffic Safety Team were also handed out. Each child went home with fun toys, a smiling face and special memories, just what every child, in every family, should have during the holiday season.