Mr. Joel M Nagel of Nagel & Associates, LLC. Helps to promote the annual Toy Drive of Living Word Church in San Pedro, Belize.
Living Word Church’s Annual Toy Drive for the children of San Pedro was brighter than ever! Thanks to the continual support of Joel Nagel and the local community, every year, the event continues to grow. Communities near and far have come together once again to purchase and distribute toys to the underprivileged children of San Pedro, Belize to insure they have a toy this Christmas.
On December 21, 2018, 1,100 toys were distributed at the Hon. Louise Sylvestre Sporting Field in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. That’s 1,100 children who received a special toy, cupcake, and Coke in the spirit of Christmas! Michael K Cobb of ECI Development stated, “Seeing so many families and children attending the festivities to celebrate the Christmas story was wonderful.”
Living Word Church, led by the guidance of Pastor Ian Zaldivar, began coordinating the toy drive eight years ago on the simple notion of being able to “bring joy to all children” during the Christmas Season. Christmas is intended to be a time of giving, celebrating life, and joy, and that is what Living Word Church aims to spread through this event. It brings families together and puts smiles on kids’ faces. “Everyone was excited, clapping, and singing along to the music. The joy on the faces of the kids getting the toys was priceless,” Cobb recalls.
With the help of Living Word Church board members, John Greif of Tropic Air, Ernie Olmstead of Captain Morgan, and Joel Nagel of ECI Development and Nagel & Associates, LLC, fundraising efforts reached far and wide. ECI Development, with contributions for Caye International Bank, Georgetown Trust, and Escape Artist, raised funds through two Silent Auctions events in San Pedro and Dallas, Texas.
The success of the fundraising efforts on behalf of Living Word Church, along with support from Mirab Department Store assisting with the procurement of the toys, also allowed the church to provide food baskets to families as well.
ECI, Georgetown, Caye Bank, and Nagel & Associates’ contributions ended up being $34,594.76 BZD. Michael K Cobb of ECI Development presented Living word Church a check for the amount on behalf of Joel Nagel for his role in the fundraising efforts.