PORTSMOUTH – For its seventh annual Toys for Toys drive, Tj’s Meals and Spirits unfold the festivities out over seven days, and the proprietor says she is “utterly blown away” by the generosity displayed this 12 months by patrons.
For seven years Tj’s has held a toy drive in partnership with a person named Michael Hagman, who as a toddler misplaced his house to a hearth proper earlier than Christmas, mentioned Tj’s proprietor Bethany Hayes. Hagman initially introduced the idea to Tj’s, she mentioned, and defined how essential the trigger was to him, having been personally impacted by Toys for Tots.
Hayes mentioned in previous years, the Daniel Avenue sports activities bar and restaurant has been capable of work with distributors and native distributors to offer away prizes to people who donate toys, and have specials to entice individuals into the bar for the evening. However COVID-19 modified issues this 12 months.
“Clearly, this 12 months we weren’t ready to do both of these, nor might we rely on the amount of consumers coming via the door at Tj’s,” Hayes mentioned. “However we have been nonetheless hopeful that folks would donate, and we might salvage a minimal turnout for native youngsters.”
On the primary day of the toy drive, Hayes mentioned, individuals have been exhibiting up with luggage of toys.
“We now have been utterly blown away by the generosity of our patrons,” she mentioned. “They remembered this was a factor that Tj’s did yearly and wished to maintain the custom going, which was so unbelievable to listen to.”
Hayes mentioned the toys will likely be picked up Friday evening and dropped at Dover, the place the town’s fireplace division will manage them and start the distribution course of.
“I am simply extremely happy with the Tj’s workers and our clientele that have been so beneficiant in making this 12 months’s drive so profitable,” Hayes mentioned.