NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A family-run, grassroots toy drive is feeling a lot like David, competing against Goliath this year. The Suncoast Santa Sleigh drive still needs a lot of toys to give out to kids on Christmas Eve.
"It is hard. To say we are the underdog, is an understatement," said George Tanner, the founder and organizer of Santa's Sleigh.
For the past five years, the "sleigh," which is really a truck hauling a decorated trailer, drives through Suncoast Estates in North Fort Myers. Santa and his elves hand out sacks of toys to children along the way. They do this starting at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
"We have a lot of stress, because we don't know if we will have enough toys. We don't have non-profit status, so some companies will not even talk to us about donating toys or money," said Tanner.
"This is the meaning of the season for us...to see smiles on the faces of the children and to bring joy to kids, who may not have any," said Tanner.
Those interested in making donations can reach George Tanner 239-910-3945.