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 10th from 6:00am to 6:30pm. 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! Dawson’s True Value Hardware of Beverly and Topsfield has partnered with Senator Tarr and North Shore 104.9 to present the 20th 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-7:00am Capitol Diner 431 Union Street, Lynn, MA
Family & Children's Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.
7:30am-8:30am Delande Lighting, Marblehead 22 New Derby Street, Salem, MA
Toys being collected for: Mass. General for Children at North Shore Medical Center
9:00am-10am Flint Public Library, 1 South Main Street, Middleton, MA
Toys being collected for: Neighbors in Need
10:30am-11:30am Dawson’s True Value Hardware 50 Enon Street, Beverly, MA
Toys being collected for: Beverly Bootstraps
12:00pm-1:00pm First Ipswich Bank 31 Market Street, Ipswich, MA
Toys being collected for: Action Inc./ Ipswich Caring
1:15pm-2:15pm Woodman’s of Essex 121 Main Street, Essex, MA
Toys being collected for: Action Inc.
2:30pm-3:30pm Manchester Athletic Club 8 Atwater Avenue, Manchester, MA
Toys being collected for: Pathways For Children
4:00pm-5:00pm Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA
Toys being collected for: Action Inc.
5:30pm-6:30pm Cape Ann Savings Bank 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Toys being collected for: Ipswich Caring
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:
Beverly: Cabot Theatre
Beverly: Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce
Danvers: Align Credit union
Danvers: Daniella’s Café
Danvers: Honey Dew Donuts
Danvers: North Shore Elder Services
Essex: First Ipswich Bank
Georgetown: Flatbread Company of Georgetown
Gloucester: Cruiseport Gloucester
Gloucester: First Ipswich Bank
Gloucester: Manchester Athletic Club
Marblehead: Devereux House
Peabody: Rosewood House
Rockport: Shalin Liu Box Office
Rowley: First Ipswich Bank
Rowley: Manchester Athletic Club
Topsfield: Dawson’s True Value
Wenham: Wenham Museum
*Additional toy donation locations listed at www.NorthShore1049.com.
Toys can be dropped off at any of these locations now through Friday, 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.