TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It may be toasty and humid in Central Florida, but the North Pole is coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay courtesy of Robert Half. The holidays will arrive early for more than 500 children in the city who will attend Robert Half's 8 th annual Holiday Toy Drive and Christmas Party held on Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Joe & Ann Garcia Salesian Boys & Girls Club, located at 302 West Gladys Street in Tampa.
"Over the last eight years, we have grown and sustained a wonderful partnership with all of the Robert Half branch locations in Florida and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay," said Ryan Skubis, district director for Robert Half in Florida. "We've worked with our clients to carefully hand-pick toys that match the needs of all of our party guests." The majority of the 500 guests of honor live in low-income communities in Hillsborough and Pasco counties, and regularly attend BGCs of Tampa Bay afterschool and outreach programs. For many children attending the party, these gifts are the only presents they will receive this holiday season. Since 2009, the annual Holiday Toy Drive and Christmas Party has served more than 1,900 children of the Tampa Bay BGCs. "Collaborative partnerships are essential to ensure the sustainability and longevity of organizations like ours," said Chris Letsos, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. "Robert Half has not only engaged their team on a local level but are effectively leaving their philanthropic thumbprint on cities across the country, making the communities in which they live and work brighter, better and safer places for everyone. We are incredibly grateful for the countless hours and support given to our youth and families each year." The day's festivities include food; games and crafts; and special appearances from Raymond, the mascot for the Tampa Bay Rays; and a host of 'superheroes,' 'princesses,' and 'characters' courtesy of the Much Foundation.