The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots team with Norman Love Confections to make Christmas a bit sweeter

10/28/2011

The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Norman Love Confections

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2011) – The Salvation Army and U.S. Marine Corps are once again working together to better serve needy families in Lee County. This year, they have invited Norman Love Confections to partner with them on the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.

Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, toys will be collected at The Salvation Army and Norman Love Confections. To sweeten the deal, donors bringing new unwrapped toys to either location will receive a free four-piece box of Norman Love Confections.

The Salvation Army is located at 10291 McGregor Boulevard and Norman Love Confections is at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, east of I-75, off Daniels Parkway. Chocolates are limited and available while supplies last. One box per donation (not per toy), per family.

“Every year it seems like there is a greater need,” said Norman Love. “I hope our chocolates serve to inspire our community to donate, as I can’t imagine a child not receiving toys at Christmas.”

Last year, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties provided nearly 47,000 children with gifts as part of its annual Christmas Cheer program.

Toys for Tots, run by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collects unwrapped toys for distribution to children whose parents cannot afford to buy gifts for the holidays. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Ninety-one cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyleecounty.org. The Salvation Army is proud to be a United Way partner agency.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates. The Fort Myers corporate headquarters encompasses both production and retail operations. The Chocolate Salon is a stylish retail shop with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies. For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

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Contacts:

Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations, 239-275-5758, sarnold (at) gravinasmith.com

Merrilu Bennett, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties, 239-278-1551, ext. 225, merrilu_bennett (at) uss.salvationarmy.org