(CLEVELAND, OHIO) On Thursday, December 15, 2022, Zack Reed & Friends will continue the tradition of hosting their annual toy drive to benefit Toys-For-Tots. For 26 years, Zack Reed, Chris Sharpe, Kevin Jones, and Robert Owens have hosted a holiday toy collection helping children and families throughout Northeast Ohio. This holiday tradition has collected more than 55,000 toys for children throughout Northeast Ohio.
“The goal of our annual holiday party is to collect 1,000 toys yearly. Every child should wake up on Christmas morning with a gift to open,” says Reed.
Toys-For-Tots is the United States Marine Corps' annual Christmas toy drive. Toys-For-Tots has been around since the 1940s. Together the United States Marines and Zack Reed & Friends have partnered to collect an estimated 55,000 toys for children. All toys collected will be distributed to children and families in Northeast Ohio in time for Christmas.
This year, Cleveland Cavalier Legends of the Land, Campy Russell and Austin Carr will be honored for their contributions to Northeast Ohio. This year's holiday benefit party will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at DIVE Bar, 1214 West 6th Street Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 with a new unwrapped toy donation and $20 without a toy donation.
This year's event will feature celebrity bartenders – ESPN's Bridget Linton, WTAM's Bloomdaddy, Councilman Richard Starr, Alex Stokes, Carl Kirkland, and Ted Badcock.
"Northeast Ohio is always happy to donate its time to help children, and this year’s toy drive will be extra special because we will honor two giants of Cleveland sports for all they have given to our community. “Clevelanders have been very generous in their giving over the past 26 years, and we expect this year to be our most generous year yet,” says Reed.
Below you can see tweets from last year's event.
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