Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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 Thursday, December 12th 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 12th!
North Shore 104.9 & Senator Bruce Tarr Hit the Road for 18th Annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive
Toy Drive Expected to Collect Thousands of Toys for Charities on the North Shore
Beverly- With the need for toys at an all-time high for local children, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and North Shore 104.9 will once again broadcast live all day from several locations on the North Shore to collect as many toys, gift cards, and monetary donations as possible to fulfill that need.
This year’s Holiday Toy Drive will take place on Thursday, December 12th 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, and interviews with local officials. Even Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be lending a helping hand to support the cause! The Paper Store has also partnered once again with Senator Tarr and North Shore 104.9 to present the 18th annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive broadcast.
“The holiday season gives us all a chance to show just how much we care about our neighbors and the children in our communities,” said Senator Tarr. “By joining together this year as we have in the past we can make a real difference in the lives of children who need to know that we think it’s important for them to have a happy holiday. It’s about more than a toy; it’s about knowing they’re not forgotten.”
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 live broadcast locations, which are open to the public, are as follows (times are subject to change):
6:00am Capitol Diner 431 Union Street, Lynn, MAFamily & Children's Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.
7:30am Devereux House, Marblehead 39 Lafayette Street, Marblehead, MAToys being collected for: Marblehead Counseling Center
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 12th.)
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 For Children
3:30pm Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 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:
∗Cape Ann Savings Bank, Manchester
∗Marblehead Community/Aging Center
∗Abbott House, Lynn
∗Align Credit Union, Danvers
∗First Ipswich Bank: Essex, Rowley, Gloucester
∗Honey Dew Donuts, Danvers
∗Delande Lighting, Salem
∗Beverly Chamber of Commerce
∗Additional toy donation locations listed at www.NorthShore1049.com.
Toys can be dropped off at any of these locations now through Friday, December 20th. 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.