Big Bus Toy Express collects over 10,000 toys, more than $30,000 in cash donations

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Local 10′s Big Bus Toy Express collected more than 10,000 toys and over $30,000 in cash donations on Friday to benefit children in need in South Florida during this Christmas.

U.S. Marines and a Miami Big Bus crew made nine pickup stops from Miami-Dade to Broward counties. Joanne Tosi was among the donors who delivered toys.

“I think about the children and Christmas time is just so special,” Tosi said. “It’s just very dear to my heart.”

The first pickup was at 6 a.m. in Kendall and Dunkin’ Donuts, a sponsor of the mission, gave free coffee and donuts to the early risers who showed up with a toy.

In Miami-Dade, the bus also stopped for pickups in Doral, downtown Miami, and Aventura. Once in Broward, there were stops in Pembroke Pines, Davie, Sunrise, and Coral Springs.

The big delivery benefits Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program founded in 1947. The Marines hope to have enough toys at their Hialeah warehouse to benefit 345 nonprofit organizations.

It’s a mission that the Local 10 community has been devoted to promoting since 2014. Businesses in the community have also joined in the tradition.

“We do this every year, but what we love about it is an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Richard Gonzalez, of Vera Cadillac Buick GMC.

Minto Communities donated nearly $30,000, so Toys for Tots can buy more toys. Hooters and Tropical Financial Credit Union were among the companies that also made financial donations.

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The first stop was from 6 to 7 a.m. at the Tropical Financial Credit Union, at 10510 SW 88 St.

The second stop was from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Walgreens, at 9675 NW 41 St., in Doral.

The third stop was from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in downtown Miami.

The fourth stop was from 10:30 to 11 a.m., at Walgreens, at 18665 Biscayne Blvd., in Aventura.


The fifth stop was from 12 to 1 p.m., at the Vera Cadillac Buick GMC, at 300 South University Drive, in Pembroke Pines.

The sixth stop was from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Walgreens, at 15911 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines.


The seventh stop was from 3 to 4 p.m., at Walgreens, at 3015 South University Drive, in Davie.


The eighth stop was from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Ikea, at 151 NW 136 Ave., in Sunrise.


  • The ninth and final stop was from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Tropical Financial Credit Union, at 8947 West Atlantic Blvd., in Coral Springs.

About the Authors:

Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.

Eric Yutzy joined Local 10 News as a news anchor and reporter. He co-anchors Local 10 News on weekday mornings.