Merrimack Athletes Collect Toys for Lawrence Youth

North Andover, Mass. - Upon hearing that one of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club’s major donors for their annual holiday toy drive would not be participating this year, members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Merrimack College voted to hold their own toy drive to make up the difference.  Each student athlete at Merrimack committed to donating a gift, allowing the athletic department to amass over 480 toys.

“The basketball team has given toys to the Boys and Girls Club for years; when Coach Mike Kamal told us the Club wasn't going to get as many toys as previous years, we decided to help out as well,” said SAAC President Peter Schielke. “Most of us are lucky enough to have Christmas every year, but to some kids this is it.  Everyone involved, captains, athletes, coaches and the whole athletic department really stepped up to help.”

Merrimack Athletics held its annual toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots during the December 7th home hockey game against the University of Vermont.  Guests who donated a toy received five dollars off ticket prices.  Toys for Tots, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, distributes toys to needy children in the respective community.