• The Inaugural Rotary Club of Orlando Downtown Christmas Parade

    By: Shelley Caran


    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Rotary Club of Orlando, serving the community since 1920, will be sponsoring Orlando Downtown Christmas Parade on Saturday ,December 8, from 4:00 until 6:00 pm to benefit the annual Orlando - Toys for Tots campaign coordinated through the Motor Transport Company, United States Marine Corps Reserve. 

    The public is invited and urged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to the Toys for Tots campaign. The donations will be picked up by Marines who will be walking the parade route.

    Rotary Club President, R. Patrick Phillips explained, “Downtown Orlando has been without a Christmas parade for almost a decade and it is our club’s hope that we can restore this wonderful holiday tradition and at the same time help the Toys for Tots Foundation bring joy to needy children during the Holiday season.”

    Marine Corps Captain Michael O’Driscoll, expressed his gratitude to The Rotary Club for their new support of the Toys for Tots Foundation as well as the long standing

    support of WFTV which has supported the program for many years, saying, “The Orlando Toys for Tots campaign is successful because of the wonderful volunteers, generous donations, and steadfast commitment of the community to the children of Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties. Ensuring every child in need receives a new toy for Christmas is the goal and this can only be made possible through community leaders and organizations like the Rotary Club of Orlando and WFTV.”

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