Bicycle Donation / Charities for Children
When asked about the first charitable activity he ever did, Thomson recalls the specific day with a smile derived from the heart. That day, he donated 120 bicycles to a Christmas toy drive for Riviera Beach’s New Macedonia Baptist Church. Although the church was elated about Thomson’s contribution, over 270 children in total showed up to the church that day with the hope of obtaining one of the bikes. Thomson affirms, “There was no way I was going to have 150 other children turned away without a bike.” Thus, he quickly purchased 150 more bicycles, but because of the short notice and the shortage of bicycles around the area, Thomson could only get the parts of the bikes. So, not giving up until every single child there was happy, Thomson brought in volunteers to assemble the bikes, and in two days he was back at the church with two rental trucks that delivered the remaining bikes to the children.
For the past 13 years, Thomson spearheaded Charities for Children, a program that purveys holiday presents and support to children throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties. Around Christmas, a team set up by Thomson delivers toys to churches and schools – thousands at a time. According to Thomson, up to 30,000 toys were delivered one year. The program also brings joy to children during Easter time with deliveries to the tune of 1,000 Easter baskets to families in need.
“It’s my personal way of paying it forward,” Thomson says. “I owe so much to this community, it only makes sense that I give back to it.” team of agents and yacht brokers. “Some of these folks have been with me for years. Their work has brought them the type of success that allows them to play a significant role in our local charities.” He continued, “For our newer agents, their contributions often come down to sweat equity positions in the charities they support. Whatever they do, the Foundation makes it much easier to support them.”
Starting the Foundation was the logical next step for Rob Thomson’s philanthropic efforts. The name is its own interesting story. “We were talking about how much we enjoy the work we do for charity. Someone commented, ‘It’s the Waterfront Way.’”