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12/20/2021 - Children in need to receive gifts at toy drive organized by other kids
RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (Dec. 20, 2021) – Students in a Delray Beach communications class are putting on their Santa Claus hats and heading north to spread holiday cheer to other children in need in Riviera Beach.

The American Heritage Schools’ Boca/Delray Mass Communications Club, comprised of 35 high school students, created a toy drive aimed to provide toys to kids in local communities. The club chose Riviera Beach, where its students on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at noon at The Port Center, 2051 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will distribute toys to local children.

The school’s stallion mascot and the team’s teacher and advisor, Michael Appelbaum, a longtime friend of Riviera Beach Police Major Josh Lewis, will be present to assist with the toy distribution. Appelbaum’s students, who arranged the drive, raised money, garnered toy donations and showed incredible knowledge, integrity and compassion in organizing the event for other kids in need.

Appelbaum reached out to Lewis to organize the event in Riviera Beach.

“I am incredibly impressed that students at American Heritage, with the assistance of their advisor, Michael Appelbaum, were compassionate enough to put together an event where they are able to provide toys for children in need,” Lewis said. “I am honored that Riviera Beach was chosen as the place where the toy distribution is taking place. This event is about kids taking care of other kids. It is an amazing act of kindness and I’m thankful for all who have participated to make such an incredible event happen.”


Nicole Rodriguez
Public Information Officer
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