Every year Learning Express holds a company convention where all our franchisees (the local store owners you know and love) can meet with the top toy manufacturers and place their orders for the fourth quarter. It’s an event that shapes the holiday season for us, and this year we came together in sunny Jacksonville, Florida.
At the end of the vendor expo portion of the convention, many manufacturers prefer not to ship their product back to their warehouse. So each year, we select a small, local charity to be the recipient of the product. This year, that organization was called Daniel.
There are many, many things that make me proud to be part of the Learning Express family, but watching so many of our vendors pile up their product at the close of our convention last week was something really special.
Established in 1884, Daniel has spent more than a hundred years meeting the physical and emotional needs of children. It is considered Florida’s oldest child-serving agency. Originally founded as an orphanage (pictured right), and later named after James Jaquelin Daniel, Daniel has evolved into a multi-service agency that assists troubled youth and their families with a variety of innovative and nationally recognized programs.
These efforts include providing therapeutic foster homes for abused children, independent living services for homeless adolescents, intervention services for adolescents on the path of juvenile delinquency, and much more. To find out more, you can visit www.danielkids.org.
Here are some photos of the Learning Express home office staff boxing up the donated product for Daniel. We’d like to send out a HUGE thank you to all our vendors who donated their toys for the cause. We’re so thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference.
Dan from the home office beginning the big pile of toys!
Boxing up the donations.
The pile gets a little bigger...