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Local doctor gathers toys to help children in Puerto Rico

Posted at 7:26 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 05:52:04-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- Like most kids going to the orthodontist, it's not high on Cole Mangan's list.

But the 8th grader has a new perceptive and a greater respect after spotting a bin at his doctor's office.

"I think it is very special and I think everyone should come and help with this project," said Mangan.

Dr. Randy Feldman is collecting toys for kids in Puerto Rico.

The orthodontist got the inspiration from one of his patient after learning more than 2,000 people still can't return home after Hurricane Maria.

"There is a big group of kids still in shelters with nothing to do. So she said can you help me do this? I said, 'absolutely.' So, I put up big canisters," said Dr. Feldman.

Five in total, colorfully painted by his staff, and located on both sides of the Bay. The doctor just launched the project and is hoping to spread the word.

"And because of you we will do even better with ABC News," said Dr. Feldman.
The doctor already got "Course of Action" on board, a non profit that will deliver the toys.

The founder, a retired Colonel and his army of volunteer have already successfully sent more than 450,000 pounds of relief, including food and water since Maria hit nearly two months ago.
Dr. Feldman hopes the next plane or ship will be filled with, "You know building blocks, Fisher Price toys, stuffed animals all he Golden books. And hopefully it will occupy their mind and make some of the pain and relocation and dealing with this natural disaster a little more tolerable," said Dr. Feldman.  

About 70 percent of the island is still in the dark and the road to recovery seems endless.

That's why Cole's determined to join the doctor's efforts and have the canisters flowing.

"Anything little thing can help these people know especially with what they are going through so anything you give to them can help," said Mangan.  

If you would like to help you can click on this link to find the locations for the bins.

Learn more about "Course of Action"