Sunbeam Polar Express Collects Toys for 5,000 Children in Miramar
Donated by more than 80 tenants in the Miramar Park of Commerce, the toys are gifted to underserved children by the Miramar Police Department’s Operation Blue Squad
MIRAMAR, Fla. (January 9, 2020) – Sunbeam Properties & Development’s fourth annual toy drive made the holidays extra bright for underserved children in Miramar. The Sunbeam Polar Express collected toy donations from more than 80 tenants in the Miramar Park of Commerce, the largest locally owned and managed business park in South Florida. In partnership with the Miramar Police Department, the toys were delivered to more than 5,000 local children by Operation Blue Squad.
“This was the biggest year yet for our Sunbeam Polar Express,” said Sunbeam Properties & Development Vice President Maridee Bell. “This experience is truly transformative for the kids, our team and our generous tenants at the Miramar Park of Commerce. We’re truly humbled and honored to be able to give back to our community in such an impactful way.”
The Sunbeam Polar Express, a procession of vehicles decked in holiday décor, rolled into the Miramar Police Station with a full police escort of multiple squad cars and a fully armored SWAT truck, which was filled to the brim with more than a dozen new bicycles. Incorporating the theme of ‘Peace on Earth,’ Sunbeam employees dressed as hippies and rockers circa 1969 and were assisted by Miramar Police officers to unload the boxes, which took up every inch of available space.
On the heels of the Sunbeam Polar Express, the company further celebrated the season of giving by making its 11th annual contribution to the Miramar Police Athletic League’s Hangin’ with 5-0, a free, six-week summer camp and life-changing program for at-risk youth in Miramar.
The program was almost eliminated by budget cuts in 2008, but was kept alive thanks to Sunbeam Properties’ continued support, which enables more than 80 students ages nine to 14 to participate in the summer camp each year at no cost and helps bridge the gap between police officers and local youth. Sunbeam’s sponsorship has provided free, one-of-a-kind summer camp experiences for more than 850 Miramar students over the past decade.
In addition to the Sunbeam Polar Express and Hangin’ with 5-0, Sunbeam Properties & Development supports the City of Miramar through other nonprofit organizations, having donated resources for the Ansin Sports Complex and the Ansin Family Gallery in the Miramar Cultural Center. The Miramar Park of Commerce has also been the site for supply drives for America’s Moms for Soldiers, toy drives for Miramar children in need, and a food drive for the United Way of Broward County.