Herb Chambers Donates $50,000 to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Holiday Toy Drive
Article Courtesy of: Â Sharon Patch
Bay State businessman and Boston resident Herb Chambers made a $50,000 donation to Mrs. Angela Menino today towards Mayor Menino’s City of Boston Holiday Toy Drive, which helps distribute toys throughout Boston’s neighborhoods to children in need.
This collaborative effort will ensure hundreds of children have toys under their Christmas trees this year.
Chambers helps get toy drive in gear
Bay State businessman Herb Chambers spread some Christmas cheer, donating $50,000 to MayorÂ Thomas M. Menino‘s holiday toy drive earlier this week.
“The holidays are about giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and it warms my heart to be able to support children in need through Mayor Menino’s annual holiday toy drive,”Â said Chambers, president and CEO of the Herb Chambers Cos.
Angela Menino accepted the donation at City Hall from Chambers, who is a Boston resident, on behalf of the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods.
The donation will help ensure that children in need in Boston’s neighborhoods will receive toys this Christmas.
About Mayor Menino’s Toy Drive
The Holiday Season is upon us once again in Boston, and not only is it a joyous and beautiful time of the year in our city, it’s also an opportunity to come together in our neighborhoods, give back to our community, and support local businesses.Â
I urge you all to explore all that our neighborhood business districts and Main Streets have to offer during the holidays. Rather than leaving family and friends for midnight lines and mall traffic, shoppers need only travel to their local Main Street district to find unique gifts and holiday experiences close to home.
Our annual Holidays on Main Streets campaign, a small business initiative highlighting the many events taking place in and around the City’s 20 Main Streets districts, kicks off this week and will run through the end of December. The campaign will once again feature the Deck the Windows holiday storefront decorating competition that will test business’s creativity in three categories: best representation of local style and history, most inviting for customers, and most festive.
We’ve also launched a city-wide residential lighting contest, Deck the Rooftops, so that residents can join the fun. A panel of judges will evaluate residents’ lighting displays in categories including one- or two-family, three-decker, porch/balcony, multi-family and apartment building. I hope you’ll join your neighbors in this new, Deck the City tradition. To be entered in the competition, windows and homes must be decorated by November 28, and public voting will begin December 11.
More information is available at www.cityofboston.gov/deckthecity.
As is tradition in Boston, weekend shoppers will enjoy two free hours of metered parking at all City meters, including downtown, starting on Friday, November 23, and continuing on six consecutive Saturdays through December 29. While meters will be free on these days, a two-hour time limit will be enforced to accommodate as many visitors as possible.
Any driver issued a non-public safety parking ticket on Boston’s streets November 29 through December 1 will be offered the option of resolving their ticket by providing a toy of equal or greater value than the ticket fine. To participate in Toys for Tickets, drivers have from Thursday, November 29 through Friday, December 8 to turn in the toys. During last year’s Toys for Tickets campaign, we were able to collect more than $3,000 worth of toys. For information regarding toy drop-off locations, times and dates, visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/parking/toystickets.asp.
Our 9th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special website offers special deals on tickets to holiday shows and shopping in Boston. There, you can learn about all of this year’s holiday events, including a comprehensive list of neighborhood tree lightings, this year’s trolley tours, and local holiday markets, plus special discounts for local dining options and shows such as The Nutcracker and Boston Holiday Pops. Visit www.mayorsholidayspecial.com to find holiday events in your neighborhood.
Finally, I encourage you to give back this holiday season. Last year, Bostonians donated nearly 44,000 pounds of food to local families through our bostonCANshareÂ food drive.
This year’s campaign runs through November 30, with both canned goods and cash donations welcome. For more information, visit www.cityofboston.gov/food/canshare.
I’m looking forward to a festive month, celebrating another tremendously successful year in the City of Boston. From my family to yours, wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday season.