One big way people give is through Toys for Tots. Launched by U.S. Marines in 1947, Toys for Tots collects new unwrapped toys from October to December and gives them to underprivileged children.
Through the years, this effort has inspired other organizations to do the same.
Locally, there are a few places you can drop off toys.
- Merrimack Valley Martial Arts Academy, 200 Sutton St., Toys must be dropped off by Dec. 20.
- Sal's Pizza, 490 Main St. Toys must be dropped off by Dec. 19.
- Merrimack College Athletics is collecting for Toys for Tots. And you can get free tickets to winter sporting events in exchange.
- Matt Davis and the North Andover Fire Department are having their Annual Toy Drive for North Andover Children. Not to be confused with Toys for Tots, This drive focuses on toys for underprivileged kids in North Andover.
Do you know of more locations in North Andover to drop off toys for underprivileged kids? Leave a comment below and let us know!