Florida Oral and Facial announces 12th-annual toy drive for kids

Operation Changing Lives begins its annual toy drive for underprivileged children on Nov. 1.

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OCL Toy Drive 2017. Courtesy photo
OCL Toy Drive 2017. Courtesy photo
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by: Amanda Smith

Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates and Operation Changing Lives are kicking off their annual toy drive for children in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Operation Changing Lives Toy Drive started 14 years ago as a way to help low-income families in the area who struggle to give Christmas gifts to their children. Today, the staff at Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates partners with more than 10 local schools and guidance counselors to identify children in need of some holiday cheer.

Last year, Operation Changing Lives was able to provide toys for more than 4,000 elementary children in the area and hopes to double that this year. Toys will be collected starting on Nov. 1, until Christmas. Donations will be collected at the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and the Palm Coast Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates’ offices.

  • Daytona Beach Office - 549 Health Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • New Smyrna Beach Office - 429 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
  • Palm Coast Office - 21 Hospital Drive, Suite 180, Palm Coast, FL 3216

You can also drop off donations during the 12th-annual Operation Changing Lives 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 20. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Crabby Joes at 3701 S. Atlantic Ave., in Daytona Beach Shores. Toys will also be collected during The Daytona Beach Shores Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, which starts at 2 p.m.

“This is our home. We live here and work here, and we see the struggles some families go through to give their children a great Christmas and we want to help,” said Dr. Curtis Schalit, F.A.C.S. “For us, it’s about the joy of seeing that smile on a child’s face when they get their toy.” 

Operation Changing Lives will also be hosting its annual golf tournament on April 30, 2022, at the New Smyrna Golf Club.


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