Governor honors three Boynton siblings for creating toys nonprofit


Three children who created a Boynton Beach-based nonprofit were given the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award this month by Gov. Rick Scott.

Zakary Smith, 11, Gracyn Smith, 9, and Ari Smith, 7, were honored at the Florida Cabinet meeting Dec. 13. The three, with their parents Tracy and Jarrett Smith, established the nonprofit Smith Smiles Toy Donation, which donates items such as toys, books, puzzles, games and craft supplies to children in hospitals.

Their work began in 2011 when Gracyn was 2 and in and out of the hospital. Zakary noticed many toys were broken and offered to donate his birthday gifts, according to the nonprofit’s Facebook page .

“Their commitment and compassion to help fellow children in need is admirable and sets an example of outstanding service for every Floridian, especially during this holiday season,” Scott said in the statement.

Smith Smiles had donated more than 6,700 items to hospitals in the state and also in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Colorado and Tennessee.

“Zakary, Gracyn, and Ari illustrate that it’s never too early to start volunteering,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus in the statement.

— ALEXANDRA SELTZER



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