Big Bus Toy Express rolling through South Florida again

Local 10, Big Bus Miami team up to spread holiday cheer to needy children

By Mayte Padron - Community Relations Director

The Local 10 Big Bus Toy Express will be rolling through South Florida -- again! 

For the fifth consecutive year, Local 10 is teaming up with Big Bus Miami to crisscross Miami-Dade and Broward counties and collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program. 

On Friday, Dec. 14, our Big Bus Toy Express will run all day, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and stop at a neighborhood near you. 

The "One & Only" Todd Tongen and Kristi Krueger will be your ride-along hosts. They'll be joined by Marine Corps servicemen in full dress uniform, a children's choir, holiday characters and many more surprises. The stops will feature entertainment and the opportunity to give directly to the Toys For Tots program.

This year the program needs the support of Local 10 viewers to collect 60,000 toys.  At the time of this report, the Marines had collected only 9,500 toys.  Donations are desperately needed for kids age 12 and up. 

Last year, Local 10 viewers filled two double-decker buses and donated approximately 17,000 toys. Since 2014, the Big Bus Toy Express has collected 48,000 brand new toys to make the holidays brighter for tens of thousands of kids.  

"Big Bus is huge," said Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Polo of the U.S. Marines. "It's our No. 1 toy donation day. We spend the day with channel 10 and going around the city and we get over 1/3 of the toys needed." 
The following locations are part of our Big Bus Toy Express schedule for 2019. Make a note of the times and come out to make a difference. 

Miami-Dade County


6-7 a.m.: Tropical Financial Credit Union
8857 SW 107th Ave., Suite 260
Miami, FL 33176


7:30-8:30 a.m.: Walgreens
9675 NW 41st St.
Doral, FL 33178

Downtown Miami

9-10 a.m.: Adrienne Arsht Center 
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132


10:30-11:30 a.m.: Walgreens
18665 Biscayne Blvd. 
Aventura, FL 33180

Broward County

Pembroke Pines

Noon-1 p.m.: Walgreens
15911 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027


1:30-2:30 p.m.: Walgreens
3015 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33328


3-4 p.m.: IKEA 
151 NW 136th Ave. 
Sunrise, FL 33325
954-838-9282, Ext.1336 

Coral Springs

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tropical Financial Credit Union 
8947 W. Atlantic Blvd. 
Coral Springs, FL 33071

Fort Lauderdale

6-7 p.m.: Circle House Coffee
727 NE Third Ave., Suite 100 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

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