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Mayor Jacobs Fourth Annual Holiday Heroes Toy Drive

Good news: Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ Fourth Annual Holiday Heroes Toy Drive was extended!

Not as good news: The deadline is today.

“For me, the best part of the holidays is seeing the joy on our children’s faces,” Mayor Jacobs said. “Together we can help restore the true spirit of the holidays, the spirit of giving and the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what we do best in Orange County.”

Orange County employees and citizens are uniting to help families in need thanks to the efforts of the Orange County Neighborhood Centers for Families, the Community Food and Outreach Center (on Michigan), Wraparound Orange (helps families whose children face social, emotional and behavioral health challenges), Orange County Public Schools and our Orlando Toys For Tots branch.

Mayor Jacobs and one of her youngest residents share a special moment at a Holiday Heroes Toy Drive distribution event last year.

Mayor Jacobs and one of her youngest residents share a special moment at a Holiday Heroes Toy Drive distribution event last year.

If you live in Orange County (heck, even if you don’t!), and want to donate one or many toys, please do so at the following locations:

  • All Orange County Fire Stations
  • Animal Services
    2769 Conroy Rd.
    Orlando, FL 32839
  • Barnett Park Recreation Center
    4801 W. Colonial Dr.
    Orlando, FL 32808
  • Bear Creek Park Recreation Center
    1600 Bear Crossing Dr.
    Orlando, FL 32824
  • Capehart Park
    715 Capehart Dr.
    Orlando, FL 32822
  • Environmental Protection Division
    800 Mercy Dr, Suite 4
    Orlando, FL 32808
  • Goldenrod Recreation Center
    4863 N. Goldenrod Rd.
    Winter Park, FL 32792
  • Human Resources Division
    450 E. South St, 1st Floor
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Meadow Woods Recreation Center
    1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir.
    Orlando, FL 32824
  • Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Division
    450 E. South St., 3rd Floor
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Orange County Regional History Center
    65 E Central Blvd.
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Silver Star Recreation Center
    2801 N. Apopka-Vineland Rd.
    Orlando, FL 32818
  • South Econ Recreation Center
    3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail
    Orlando, FL 32825
  • Utilities Administration Building
    9150 Curry Ford Rd.
    Orlando, FL 32825
  • West Orange Recreation Center
    309 S. West Crown Point Rd.
    Winter Garden, FL 34787

Gone With The Wind at Orange County Regional History Center

srtip of GWTW picsThe Shaw-Tumblin Gone With The Wind: Reel to Real Collection is at the Orange County Regional History Center through November 30. The 75th Anniversary exhibit features highlights from the largest privately held collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia from the film.

James Tumblin, former head of the Universal Studios makeup and hair department, began his collection when he noticed a dress lying on the floor in a warehouse. He picked it up and noticed the “Selznick International” note on the tag. He was told not to bother tidying up, as the dress was going to be thrown away. He asked if he could buy it and was told it was his for $20, with another rack of clothes to boot. Masking his excitement, Tumblin readily accepted and walked away with the very dress Vivien Leigh wore while riding through shanty town in the iconic 1939 film. (None of the other costumes were from Gone With the Wind, but he did score an outfit worn by Judy Garland in 1948’s Easter Parade.)

The Shanty Town dress, along with over 120 items from the film including movie posters, scripts, props, and more can be seen. Visitors will view Eugenie “Bonnie Blue” Butler’s velvet dress from her final scene, Belle Watling’s burgundy velvet jacket and muff and the bell actress Ona Munson wore in her hair.

Exhibit viewing is included with Orange County Regional History Center admission. Adults, $15; Seniors (60+), students and military), $13; Children ages 5-12 $12. Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

In conjunction with Gone With the Wind: Reel to Real, special programming is offered including trivia night, moderated discussion on the movie’s pop culture influence, date night with Gone With the Wind screening, and a “film brunch.” Read more about these special activities here.


Pictured at left are from top to bottom: James L. Tumblin on the red carpet, owner of The Shaw-Tumblin Collection; velvet Bonnie Blue dress; Central Florida wall, highlighting the Gone With the Wind craze in Central Florida; screening room; photo of actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, with private letter; Film-making meters used in production; the Shanty Town dress.