The children of the Appoquinimink Boys and Girls Club received one big Christmas surprise when Amazon donated over $15,000 worth of toys and technology on Friday in Middletown.
Each child received an Amazon Fire tablet, along with other various toys.
“We wanted to give the children something that was not only fun, but educational,” said Amazon Community Relations & Communications Specialist Anne Laughlin, before the event began. “With these tablets they cannot only play, but use them to look up all kinds of educational information as well.”
The children, unaware of the gifts that they were about to receive, were led into the Appoquinimink Boys and Girls Club shortly after 4:30 p.m. They listened to speeches by Sen. Bruce Ennis, Rep. Ken Hensley, and President of the Boys and Girls Club John Wellons.
"Amazon is committed to supporting the local community through organizations like the Boys & Girls Club here in Middletown,” said Brian Jones, the general manager for the Amazon fulfillment center in Middletown. “They do so much for the youth in our community and when we learned that they didn't have the funds to host their annual holiday celebration, Amazon stepped in to help. It is our way of saying thank you to the Boys & Girls Club and a way to help make the holidays brighter for children and families in need."
At the conclusion of the speeches, the children were told by Wellons that Amazon had graciously donated the $15,000 of toys, at which time Santa Claus and his band of elves entered, handing out toys and tablets to the enthusiastic children.
"Amazon's associates were thrilled to volunteer for this surprise $15,000 holiday donation,” Jones said. “The room is full of enthusiasm and seeing the smiles on the children's faces has really made our holiday special, too. We are very grateful to be part of the Middletown community and to have been part of this year's celebration."
After the gift giving was completed, the children thanked Amazon for their donation by presenting performances ranging from singing “Jingle Bells,” to comedy, to instrumentals.
To Amazon representatives though, this wasn’t about a photo-op or getting credit, but about giving back to the community.
"This is Amazon's favorite time of year and it is also our busiest time of year,” Jones explained. “Regardless of how busy we are we make it a priority to take the time to give back to the community where our customers and associates live and work."