Monday, December 6, 2021

2021 North Shore Toy Drive

Wow! What an amazing first day of the 2021 North Shore Toy Drive. We got out to a fast start due to a very generous $3,000 donation from Institution for Savings in Salem presented to us by Mary Anne Clancy. Hank Morse of North Shore 104.9 kept our guests laughing and feeling great. Thanks to Senator Joan B. Lovely and Hannah Mori from her office, State Representative Paul Tucker, Salem State University President John Keenan, Salem State Police Chief Gene Labonte, for their support of the Toy Drive and in particular for Bates Elementary School, Salem. 

Our second visit today was at the home of the fried clam – Woodman's of Essex. The Woodmans welcomed us, as they always do, with open arms and they were perfect hosts for our drive. Erika and I interviewed Congressman Seth Moulton. The Congressman brought a toy fish and Steve Woodman promised would not be battered and fried. Our sponsor North of Boston Tourist Information Center was represented by Ann Marie Casey and Staff. 

Chief Francis of the Essex Police Department came with a stuffed police cruiser of gifts. Speaking of stuffed, Jan and Bob Tyler-Nelson came again with a rented truck full of toys, games, and winter jackets. The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus sang beautifully. Judge Mori came to support us and Town of #Essex Selectbopard member Peter Phippen and Chairman Ruth Pereen. Our non-profit organization at Woodman's is Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund 

Learn about our non-profit organizations, sponsors, the Toy Drive schedule, and how you can help at