Toledo area Burger King® Restaurants open their doors and their hearts to the Lucas County Children Services Holiday Toy Drive

Prior to the drive, the Toledo-area Burger King® restaurants decorated toy collection boxes, simultaneously promoting camaraderie amongst area stores, employees and guests.

Prior to the drive, the Toledo-area Burger King® restaurants decorated toy collection boxes, simultaneously promoting camaraderie amongst area stores, employees and guests.

By Chris Galford- As the season of giving looms, local businesses are gearing up for the Lucas County Children Services Holiday Gift Drive, and 19 area Burger Kings are repurposing themselves into gift drop off sites.

The drive is an annual tradition, intended to help youth who might otherwise not have a Christmas. Local Burger Kings, all under the administration of Bennett Management Corp, have been collecting toys since November 12, and will continue to do so until December 17. They have been participating in the charity for the past six years.

Additionally, according to Beverly Benner, Vice President of Administration and Marketing for Bennett, “For a two week period of time we’re going to also be taking monetary donations — as in, ‘Would you like to donate your change to the neglected and abused children in Lucas County?’ We’re hoping to get additional dollars donated because there is a great need for money to purchase gifts, especially for the teenagers.”

This is simply one of many causes that Bennett participates in, from the American Cancer Society to high school sports, according to Director of Recruitment and TrainingLindsey Bond. Yet it is certainly the present focus, and each year of its participation has seen target goals for collection met or exceeded, Beverly explained.

“It’s a great opportunity for us, as a business, to show we’re committed to the youth in our community,” Beverly said.

While everyone is urged to give, however, there is an important stipulation on what the charity is seeking.

“They toys must be new and unwrapped because they go by age and distribute them according to families by need,” said Beverly.

On December 13 at the 4870 Monroe St. Burger King specifically, from 1 to 3 p.m. the store will be hosting a “shred day at BK.” With 101.5, The River on scene, those looking to donate can drop off gifts in exchange for having their confidential papers shredded by Allshred Services, another partner in the toy drive.

Show your support for local businesses! Call Beverly, Lindsey and Bennett Management Corp at 419-865-0232 (ext. 118); or visit the website at http://www.bennettmanagement.com/