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Veteran’s Memorial Park in Tampa, Florida – Cookson Hills Toy Run

Tampa, Florida -Is the Cookson Hills Toy Run a Scam?
By Michelle Burgess
Scam? One women told Sheri Brown as she was dropping off T-shirts and pictures from the event…my friends were telling me I just wasted my money, it’s a scam. I’m telling you say it isn’t so…for 16 years, The Cookson Hills Toy Run has provided toys and goodwill to the children of eastern Hillsborough County. They help some of the community charities by sharing the generosity of those who attended the auction and raffles. “The Cookson Hills Toy Run is about the Kids”, claims Sheri Brown, who started the event with her husband, Bill Brown in 1993.
The event starts every 1st Sunday in December at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at 3602 U.S. Hwy. 301 N. in Tampa, Florida at 10 AM, silent auction from 10:30- 12:30 PM and the “Country ride” leaving at 1 PM. Then the fun starts at 2 PM with the arrival of the bikes and vehicles at Evans Park, located at 1104 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner, Florida. The “gift unwrapping ceremony” takes place at 2:30PM. The children not only receive gifts, but also they and one parent or guardian are also provided a free meal and drink. “Every year, Bill and I are astounded at how the community becomes involved,” said Brown. This year, proceeds from the event will be going to the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), Brandon Medical Center and back to certain area schools. Thank you all once again for a fantastic 2009 Event”, said the Browns.

Michelle Burgess PhotoAbout Author
Michelle Burgess author – Sheri Brown asked me to film the event this year. I was glad to be able to capture the moment. I’m not a professional in any way. Just a volunteer! call Sheri Brown at 813-643-5758.

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