Written by Shelly Newman Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
Bundled with black garbage bags filled with toys, the North Shore Key Club and North Shore Chamber Orchestra made an exciting visit to Cohen Children’s Hospital prior to winter break. The visit is a tradition at the North Shore Schools, said Julia Salat, the Key Club director, made possible through North Shore’s 26th Annual Toy Drive, hosted by Dr. Rob Gerver and Mrs. Polito.
In 1988, Dr. Gerver started this toy drive. This program, once exclusively run by the high school, has become a district wide event over the years, broadening the spirit of giving across all of the schools. Dr. Gerver, who lives right by the Cohen Children’s Hospital, would jog past it each day, and came up with the idea to help these children and lift their spirits through an annual holiday toy drive. He felt this would be a most fitting endeavor for the children’s hospital.
This year, not only was the gift turnout wonderful, but the North Shore Schools Chamber Orchestra spread more holiday cheer for everyone to enjoy. The students performed many holiday hits loved by all.
Over the years, this toy drive has grown dramatically; now everyone from every school is able to contribute to this event, making it a bigger success each year. Boxes were placed in all five of the school buildings, encouraging students to drop off toys, books, CDs, games, and stuffed animals. As Dr. Gerver said, “Doing this is not for applause, but to make children smile. This type of positive energy and spirit gives the children something to look forward to year after year.”