For the past several years I have worked in partnership with local radio station North Shore 104.9 FM to conduct a month long toy drive to benefit children of the North Shore, and on December 13th we will be broadcasting live from 6:00am-6:00pm throughout the North Shore for one final push to collect toys before the holidays. This year we hope to collect more toys than we have in the past due to the increase in need.
Toys collected will all be provided to the charities in the communities from which they are donated. Some of those charities include Toys for Tots, Beverly Bootstraps, Action, Inc., and others. I’d like to encourage all of my constituents to stop by at one of the locations and join in on the festivities. The day will include music, interviews of state and local officials, food, and special guests. All are welcome to attend and to even take pictures with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!
Posted below is the press release that I released today. It contains a complete schedule and toy drop-off locations. I hope to see you on the 13th!
NORTH SHORE 104.9 & SENATOR TARR HIT THE ROAD FOR 17th ANNUAL NORTH SHORE HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
North Shore Holiday Toy Drive expected to collect thousands of toys for North Shore Children in need
Once again North Shore 104.9 and State Senator Bruce Tarr will hit the road collecting toys for children on the North Shore and broadcasting live all day. This year’s Holiday Toy Drive will take place on Thursday, December 13th from 6:00am to 6:00pm from ten locations on the North Shore. The live broadcast will feature local entertainment, school choirs and bands, great food, interviews with local officials and even Santa Claus will be on the road helping the cause. The Paper Store has partnered once again with Senator Tarr and North Shore 104.9 to present the 17th annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive broadcast.
“People on the North Shore have powerful spirits of caring and giving, and our toy drive provides an opportunity to those spirits to translate into a real difference for kids in our area during the holidays. I’m honored to partner with North Shore 104.9 to help make that difference, and truly appreciate the station’s ongoing commitment to public service now and throughout the year” said Tarr. This toy drive will be his 17th since being elected into the Massachusetts Senate in 1994.
North Shore 104.9 President Todd Tanger stated, “We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event. The North Shore Holiday Toy Drive is such an exciting event that brings holiday joy to deserving children right here in the North Shore. We thank everyone for their overwhelming generosity and kind contributions, especially Bruce Tarr for his continued efforts and energy year after year. We appreciate listeners and clients allowing us to break from normal programming to broadcast this event and hope they help us bring some holiday joy to the lives of children on the North Shore this holiday season.”
The scheduled broadcast locations are as follows (times are subject to change):
6:00am Capitol Diner 431 Union Street, Lynn, MAToys being collected for: Toys for Tots- Coordinated by the Lynn English High School R.O.T.C.
7:30am Devereux House, Marblehead 39 Lafayette Street, Marblehead, MAToys being collected for: Making Ends Meet
8:15am The Paper Store, Swampscott 435 Paradise Road Swampscott, MAToys being collected for: Toys for Local Children (The Paper Store in Swampscott will only collect toys on December 13th.)
9:00am Flint Public Library, Middleton 1 South Main Street, Middleton, MAToys being collected for: Neighbors in Need
10:30am Dawson’s True Value Hardware 50 Enon Street, Beverly, MAToys being collected for: Beverly Bootstraps
12:00pm First Ipswich Bank 31 Market Street, Ipswich, MAToys being collected for: Action Inc./ Ipswich Caring
1:15pm Woodman’s of Essex 121 Main Street, Essex, MAToys being collected for: Action Inc.
2:00pm Manchester Athletic Club 8 Atwater Avenue, Manchester, MAToys being collected for: Pathways of Gloucester
3:30pm Tuck’s Candy 15 Main Street, Rockport, MAToys being collected for: Action Inc.
5:00pm Cape Ann Savings Bank 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MAToys being collected for: Action Inc.
In addition to the above broadcast locations, the below locations are welcoming any and all donations for the Annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive. Please note that North Shore 104.9 will not be broadcasting from the below locations:
∗Wenham Museum∗Cape Ann Savings Bank, Manchester
∗Marblehead Community/Aging Center
∗Abbott House, Lynn
∗NMTW Credit Union, Danvers
∗First Ipswich Bank: Essex, Rowley, Gloucester
∗Michaud Mitsubishi, Danvers
∗Honey Dew Donuts, Danvers
∗Delande Lighting, Salem
∗Beverly Chamber of Commerce
∗Millennium Spa and Hair Studio, Beverly
∗Additional toy donation locations listed at www.NorthShore1049.com.
Toys can be dropped off at any of these locations now through Tuesday, December 18th. For further information, please call JoAnn Gillette at North Shore 104.9 at 978-927-1049 extension 19 or Senator Bruce Tarr at 617-722-1600.