Hawkesbury real estate broker Steven Levac is once again aiming to make Christmas a little brighter this year for area children.

The third annual Steven’s Toy Drive for 2020 began just last week and already Levac has been flooded with offers of gifts for needy children in the area. Last year’s drive collected more than 800 toys, which were distributed by the Club Optimiste in Hawkesbury, Valoris and La Maison Interlude. From the early response so far, Levac expects to at least match or exceed last year’s total.

“I was really excited the first year (2018) when we collected 400 toys – that’s what made me want to continue doing this,” says Levac, who feels blessed by the success of his business and wanted to give something back to the community which has supported him.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Levac via email to [email protected] or by sending a message through Levac’s Facebook page. Toys can also be dropped off to the Steven Levac Royal Lepage Performance office at Unit 128, 250 Main Street East in Hawkesbury.

“It’s a good feeling,” says Levac, of knowing the toys he collects through the drive will be appreciated by the children who receive them. “Especially this year, with COVID-19, a lot of children will appreciate an extra gift.”

“It’s been a tough year for everybody.”