Eagles Donate Christmas Toys

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

December 14, 2023

Morro Bay Eagles members, Michael Murphy, Cindi Cagle and club President, Shary Goulart recently delivered a sleigh’s load of Christmas toys for needy kids at Del Mar Elementary. School Principal, Michael Wood, at right, gladly accepted the gifts. Photo by Neil Farrell

Members of the Eagles Aerie in Morro Bay made their fourth annual donation of toys and gifts to disadvantage students at Del Mar Elementary to help kids and their families have a little better Christmas.

Toy drive organizer, Cindi Cagle, said she was able to stretch their budget this year by shopping at Hooray for Hollywood, a memorabilia and collectibles store on the Embarcadero that recently closed. 

The owner held a big sale and Cagle said she was able to get some very nice toys at up to 70% off. She shopped around at Walmart and Target, too. They also got 20, $50 gift certificates to Spencer’s Market for the families.

The money was raised through the Eagles’ regular community dinners and raffles, so all the members contributed.

Staff will pick the kids who receive the presents, and their parents will be invited to come to the office and pick something out for their child, said Eagles President Shary Goulart. Del Mar has about 265 students in grades K-5.

Principal Michael Wood accepted the gifts on behalf of the school and staff thanking the Eagles for the annual donations.

Of note, not a single present was an electronic gadget or cell phone. Instead the Eagles picked out dolls, super hero action figures, dinosaur figures, board games and more imaginative toys.

Goulart explained that phones are too expensive, and you have to keep paying for them through a service.

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