More than $5,000 worth of toys (including 90 KaZam bikes) rounded out this year’s collection during OVM Financial’s Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Hampton Roads Toys For Tots Foundation. The toy drive, held at OVM Financial’s corporate office in Chesapeake, VA, took place from November 8-December 12th.
Each year, OVM Financial encourages employees, partners, and friends to fill their corporate office with unopened and unwrapped toy donations. In addition to contributions by OVM’s constituents, the company sends employees on a shopping spree to purchase toys on behalf of OVM Financial.
“I had a blast, and I could not stop grinning from ear to ear thinking about how happy we are going to make a lot of kids, said Loan Processor, Jenn Beardin. “I have that ‘sitting on clouds’ kind of happy going on right now. I love doing good deeds for others, and I love how generous OVM is!”
This year, KaZam bikes, as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, helped OVM Financial add 90 new bikes to the drive’s collection. When local co-founders, John and Mary Beth Lugo approached a long-time friend and OVM Chairman, Chip Simkins about potentially purchasing the bikes for the drive, he couldn’t resist the offer.
“We learned about the OVM toy drive last year and wanted to do our part to help support those in our community. It’s important for every child to have at least one special gift at the holidays,” said KaZam partner and co-founder, Mary Beth Lugo.
“Mary Beth and John have a great product to share, and we are grateful that the offered us the opportunity to include their bikes in our collection,” said Chairman, Chip Simkins. “Thanks to their partnership, we can provide 90 children with brand new bikes for Christmas and support a local business while doing it.”
The Toys For Tots tradition began with Mortgage Loan Originator, Steve Holland four years ago. Since then, Holland has been acting as OVM’s resident Santa Clause by coordinating OVM’s annual drive with the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation.
“There are a lot of families out there that don’t have the means to purchase gifts during the holiday season,” said Holland. “When I discovered Toys for Tots, I found a way to relieve financial hardship for local parents and make sure the children in our community would have an unforgettable Christmas morning. OVM Financial was the perfect vehicle to help drive this mission forward.”
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