This holiday season, North Shore Bank's Merrimac and Newton, New Hampshire branches are collecting gifts for Toys for Tots, and our Saugus branches are collecting toys as part of the annual Saugus Firefighters Toy Drive. In addition, our Cabot Street and Enon Street branches in Beverly are participating in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.

Below is a list of requested items.

  • Clothes
  • Sweaters
  • Books
  • Socks
  • Boots
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Shoes
  • Coloring Books
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Diapers
  • Wet Wipes
  • Bath Robes
  • Toys and Games
  • Dolls
  • Gift Cards

Items can be dropped off at any North Shore Bank location during normal banking hours. All donations for Toy for Tots must be dropped off by Thursday, December 9th, and  donations for the Saugus Firefighters Toy Drive by Wedneday, December 15th.

About Toys for Tots
The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes providing day-to-day leadership and oversight of the Program, raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots Campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots Campaigns. In orderto better execute the program, in 1991 the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was created at the behest of the Marine Corps. The Foundation is an IRA recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity and is governed by a board of directors, all of whom are veteran Marines and successful business leaders from throughout the nation. The Foundation's professional staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center, which is located just outside the Main Gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC.

About the Saugus Firefighters Toy Drive
Each December, retired Saugus Fire Captain Bill O’Malley and his team of volunteers place collection bins at Town Hall, the Fire Department, banks, and other town hot spots where residents can easily drop off gifts. Residents can still drop off new, unopened gifts at the Essex Street Fire Station, 120 Essex St., or at any of the collection boxes around town. Any Saugus residents looking for assistance this holiday season can call Bill O’Malley at 781-233-7274.