Christmas Comes Early for Local Children Thanks to the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office

Tax Collector and staff posing with R'club staff and the donated gifts

From L to R: Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas, R’Club Director of Professional Development Dr. Susan Weber, Deputy Tax Collector Rose DiGennaro, R’Club Preschool Area Supervisor Sylvia Knighton, Tax Collector Branch Manager Jackie Ware, Tax Technician Sara Lakin, Tax Collector Customer Service Technician Kellie VanPatten, R’Club School Age Area Supervisor Akilah Crouse, R’Club School Age Area Supervisor Michael Mullin, R’Club School Age Area Supervisor Jim Dymtrow, and R’Club Middle School Area Supervisor Laura Siegel posing with the donated gifts.

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office got all wrapped up in the holiday giving spirit this week. Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas and some of his employees met at the R’Club administration building in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, December 16, to drop off wrapped gift donations for local children in need.

The R’Club, Tampa Bay’s leading nonprofit childcare provider, serves over 4,000 Pinellas County children daily, from infants to middle school-aged kids.

Based on an employee suggestion, staff at the Tax Collector’s North County office and call center in Clearwater decided they wanted to do something special for the children in underprivileged areas throughout Pinellas County.  Tax Collector representatives reached out to R’Club for assistance and were provided with a list of kids in need, along with each child’s interests to assist with gift ideas.  The Tax Collector employees set up a special tree in their office decorated with the children’s names so employees could choose one to support.

Over the past few weeks, Tax Collector staff purchased and wrapped gifts, ranging from toys and books to clothes and shoes, for 30 children.  Two carloads of presents were delivered, making the R’Club feel like Santa Claus himself had paid a visit.

“Our focus as an organization is to put the community first and to help make it a better place,” said Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas. “I am extremely proud of my team today, for taking the initiative to give back and bring some holiday cheer to these kids.”

For more information about the R’Club or to donate, visit For updates and important info from the Tax Collector’s Office, find them on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) @PinellasTC, or visit

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ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. For more information, visit