Once again, thank you to the generous and caring folks across the Ranch who came together to donate toys and cash to the annual Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive. Because of the generosity of our community, there will be a plethora of happy children this holiday season who might otherwise not have a Christmas. The Toy Drive is traditionally spearheaded by the Men’s Golf Association, but this year they were joined in the effort by numerous other Robson clubs and organizations. The Women’s Golf Association, the Classic Car Club, the Bocce Club, and the Pickleball Club all agreed to help out this year and held toy donation events where toy and cash donations could be made to the cause. The response was overwhelming!
This year, the efforts of everyone really showed, as more toys and cash than ever before were raised. Major David Isbell of the Texas State Guard came to the Ranch on Dec. 9 to collect the toys and donations and was overwhelmed with our community’s generosity, saying, “You have really outdone yourselves this time.” No one counted the toys, but it was estimated by the members of the Men’s Golf Association who were loading the bags of toys and filling the numerous pickup trucks carrying the toys away that there were somewhere in the area of over 1,000 toys that were donated and over $1,600 in cash. The toys ranged from handmade dolls, to trucks, to bicycles, to games and art sets. The list could go on for days. It was heartwarming to see the types of gifts that were donated, such that children of all ages would have something new they could open and call their own on that special morning.
For those unfamiliar with this event, the Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive is a community service event and benefits Texas children’s hospitals, schools, children in disadvantaged situations, battered women’s shelters, and other organizations for children. The efforts of the hundreds of caring hearts here at the Ranch who made donations and volunteered time to help the Texas State Guard complete this mission will brighten the day for thousands of children across Texas.
All of those who helped with the collection efforts are grateful to all the folks who donated toys, money, or their time to this wonderful cause. However, none of this would have been possible without the help of T. Craig Pullen (director of golf), Larry Alford, Larry’s “Secret Santa,” and the support of our general manager Rhett Hubbard. Thank you to everyone!