Northshore Merchants Collective Hosts Toy Drive

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chattanooga’s NorthShore may not be the North Pole, but that’s not stopping the NorthShore Merchants Collective from working for Santa Clause.  

This holiday season, the Collective is hosting a toy drive to benefit Northside Neighborhood House’s “Santa’s Workshop.” Chattanooga residents are encouraged to help those less fortunate by donating a new unwrapped toy to the cause. 

NNH is a non-profit organization serving areas north of the river.  NNH stocks its “Santa’s Workshop” with toys for children between the ages of birth to fifteen years.  Parents in need are able to “shop” for their children at Santa’s Workshop.  Each child receives one piece of sporting equipment, one game, two large toys, three small toys, one stuffed animal, one book, one craft, crayons and stocking stuffers.  In just five years, NNH has gone from providing for 250 children to nearly 550.  Santa’s Workshop is stocked entirely by donations. 

Anyone wishing to contribute a toy (or more) may leave it at any of a number of NorthShore business locations.  Many businesses are offering a discount or other incentive to those donating a toy.  Toys may be left at the following locations: 

Barefoot Bandits ($5 gift card for each donated toy), blue skies, Epiphany Salon, Fitness Together, Frankie & Julian’s (20% off one item for each donated toy),

Gigi’s Cupcakes and Yogurt (coupon for free yogurt or cupcake to anyone dropping off a toy), good dog (one free good dog to anyone bringing a toy), K::A Boutique by Katherine Roberts (20% off one full price item of donor’s choice), Knitting Mill Antiques (free photo with the NorthShore Santa for anyone dropping off a toy), Learning Express (20% off any toys purchased for donation), Merch (10% off one item when dropping off a toy), n2shoes ($10 off a $50 purchase for each toy donated), Northside Lunch, Plum Nelly ($5 off any purchase of $25 or more), Taco Mamacita (10% discount to anyone who brings a toy), Tangerina’s (free ornament to anyone who brings a toy), and Sophie’s (15% off one item for each toy donated). 

As toys are collected, they will be displayed in a winter scene in the window of blue skies at 30 Frazier Ave. to gauge the drive’s progress and to encourage more giving.

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