• December 14 2018,  Saugus

    The MEG Toy Drive

    Veteran Pop Warner Coach teams up again with Saugus We Care to help make Christmas brighter for needy children By Mark E. Vogler Kevin Andrews is one of those guys who loves playing Santa Claus. It all started back when he was 18 and he received a handmade Santa Claus suit from an aunt. “I still have that suit and have been playing Santa Claus ever since,” said Andrews, now 50, and a Santa who also spearheads toy drives for needy children. Andrews, a 1986 Saugus High School graduate, has volunteered 32 years as a Pop Warner coach. He’s also spent thousands of hours over the years working for a…

  • February 2 2018,  Revere

    Letter-to-the-Editor: Annual Toy Drive a Huge Success

    Dear Editor, The Revere Police Annual Toy Drive for 2017 was a huge success! Chief James Guido and the Revere Police Department would like to thank you for all of the extremely generous donations for the toy drive, this past Christmas. We are extremely grateful for your continued support and we can assure you the toys were well distributed to bring a better holiday experience for those who needed it the most. We would like to give a special thank you to Mr. Joe Young from Jack Satter House, Ms. Jessica Rodriguez from Imagination Station, Marilyn from BK’s Lounge, Gina and her fellow coworkers from Delta Management, Erika from Dance…

  • January 12 2018,  Lynnfield,  Wakefield

    Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s annual toy drive a great success!

    Wakefield Co-operative Bank held its annual Toys for Tots drive in 2017, collecting toys for children in need throughout the month of December. Pictured here is Kasey Cohen, Senior Universal Banker, and Sam Lai, AVP, Lynnfield Branch Manager, at the bank’s 596 Main St. office. Employees also participated in two Jeans Days, wearing jeans in exchange for a donation that the bank used to purchase extra toys for the collection.

  • December 8, 2017,  Malden

    Malden Kiwanis & Chamber of Commerce hold holiday toy drive

    Forestdale Park at 341 Forest St. is serving as a drop-off site for a holiday toy drive organized by the Malden Kiwanis Club and Malden Chamber of Commerce. Donated items must be new and unwrapped gifts for kids and teens, including toys, games, electronics, arts & crafts, sporting goods, and hats/gloves. Gift cards and monetary donations are also accepted, and any checks should be made payable to Malden Kiwanis Charity Inc. The public is invited to drop off donations to Forestdale Park and see construction progress on Malden’s newest assisted living community with state-of-the-art memory support. For more information, contact info@maldenchamber.org or call (781) 322-4500.

  • December 22, 2017,  Everett

    Wynn, Suffolk, Liberty & Jacobs donate to City of Everett’s toy drive

    Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently thanked Wynn Boston Harbor, Suffolk Construction, Liberty Construction, and Jacobs Engineering Group for their donations to the City of Everett’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The four organizations donated hundreds of toys to City Hall to be distributed to Everett children for Christmas. “This time of year can often be a tough for some,” stated Mayor DeMaria. “Those of us that are fortunate enough to have our health and happiness must remember the true spirit of the season – caring for and helping those less fortunate. I would like to once again thank these four organizations for organizing a great event for an important cause.”

  • December 22, 2017,  Malden

    A Toy Story at Salem Towers

    By Barbara Taormina Following fast on the heels of a successful Thanksgiving food drive, the seniors at Salem Towers were back at it again this week with a toy drive to help make sure that all Malden kids will have something under the tree this Christmas (or something special for the holidays?). “We filled two six-foot tables with coloring books, crayons, teddy bears, games, story books, Spiderman stuff; it was a mix of everything,” said Patti Desiderio, who heads up the building’s 280 Club, which organizes events and activities for residents. And what really draws in the Salem Towers crowd are community service projects like the holiday food and toy…

  • December 22, 2017,  Revere

    City, residents step up for local homeless families at Christmas

    The city’s homeless students’ Liaison Doug Goodwin and School Committeewoman Carol Tye discovered this year that the program’s toys program could not help Revere this year so Goodwin asked around and Jen Duggan of the city’s Substance Use Disorder Initiatives (SUDI) Office heard of it, and also notified Marc Silvestro of the City’s Veterans Services Office. According to Silvestri, Mayor Brian Arrigo asked Silvestri to make the issue a priority and the group made a wish list and within 48 hours, packages of toys began arriving from not just Revere, but all over the country including states such as North Carolina, Florida, and Texas. “It was awesome,” said Silvestri. “This…

  • December 15, 2017,  Everett

    Community Health & Wellness Center holds merry toy drive

    On Sunday, December 10, Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the Everett Community Health & Wellness Center held a successful toy drive to help support the families and children of Everett. Mayor DeMaria’s goal each holiday season is to help provide gifts to the children of Everett who need it the most. Following his lead, Health & Wellness Center employees coordinated a toy drive at the gym among employees, members and Everett residents. The toy drive will make a real difference, with hundreds of toys going to help Everett families. Mayor DeMaria stated, “Our work together over this holiday season continues to demonstrate the importance of helping those in need. This time…