Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors (MAREI) announces the success of their Toy’s for Tots Collection at their Now Annual Toy Drive & Speed Networking Meeting that took place this past Tuesday the 9th of December at the Holiday Inn & Suites Overland Park West. This was a first Toy Drive for the Real Estate Investment Association that will is now a permanent event every December.

The Association promoted the event to members and guests to come to the December Monthly Meeting for Speed Networking to build contacts in the Real Estate Community and asked everyone who attended to please bring a toy for the toy box or to donate in advance of the event.  This netted 3 large toy boxes collected with one box still in place at the Holiday Inn and Suites where donations can still be made through next Monday.  Also collected in donation and guest fees of $100 in cash, plus many pledges from people who made donations online and at the store.

Toys for Tots is a charity run by the US Marine Corp that collects toys and cash donations to purchase toys for children under the age of 16.  It is important to note that due to the name of the charity, many people associate buying toys for the little tots which results in quite a few donations in for younger children over gifts for the older kids.

Some suggestions for toys include board or boxed games, the usual cars and trucks, dolls and doll accessories, action figures, craft sets, models, puzzles, books or cash donations to be used to buy even more toys in the areas where they are deficient.

If readers would still like to participate in the Toy Drive there are several options available.  Visit any Toy’s R Us and most Wal-Mart Store and purchase a toy and leave it in the box at the store.  Go to and make a donation or mail a cash donation to the address on the site.

For next year the real estate association plans to incorporate social media into the mix asking members to take selfies of donations being made to be posted to social media with the hastag of #MAREIToyDrive attached.

The association would like to extend a huge “Thank You” to all the members and guests who helped in Toy Drive and the volunteers at Toy’s for Tots who volunteer by bringing boxes and picking up toys as well as Staff Sargent Titus from the Marine Corp who came to the meeting to share the Toy’s for Tots Vision and collected toys.

MAREI (Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors), is the Mid-Wests largest and most active association for professional investors in the real estate sector. It educates and provides resources for networking to investors, potential investors and any other persons with interest in the real estate industry. The association uses discussions, education, networking and legislative actions to support and motivate its guests and members; this is MAREI’s major goal. The association holds about 20 live events in Kansas City Metro annually, and touches on various topics in the real estate investment sector during the meetings.

Contact Information:
Name: Kim Tucker – Founder
Telephone: 913-815-0111
Address: 8014 State Line Rd. Suite 210, Leawood, KS 66210
Email: [email protected]