TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) – Come sing in the holidays!
A new, free family-friendly tradition to welcome the holidays and help local children begins Friday, November 17 in downtown Toledo.
The public is invited to join the Hope for the Holidays Celebration featuring choirs singing beautiful holiday music in front of a new 65-foot tall Christmas tree at Promenade Park.
Sing your favorite carols along with the Woodward High School choir at 7:00pm and the Masterworks Chorale at 7:15pm. Lyric sheets will be handed out so those attending will know all the words to the music provided. You’re invited to join Santa Claus before the concert. The jolly old elf will be on hand from 5:00pm until 7:30pm at a decorated tent to meet and talk with children and he will give out free candy canes. Food is available for purchase from food truck vendors who will line Summit Street next to the park also from 5:00pm until 7:30pm.
The new tree at Promenade Park provided by ProMedica will be lit with 100-thousand lights as will 200-thousand lights at nearby Hensville and St. Clair Street. “It’s an exciting time as we’re celebrating our first holiday season in downtown Toledo and taking part in new traditions and celebrations” said ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra. “We’re looking forward to our community celebrating together while supporting great organizations.”
The 7:00pm concert will be televised live by 13abc during a “Hope for the Holidays Celebration” special. In addition, 13abc will anchor the evening news live from Promenade Park and Hensville at 5:00pm and 6:00pm to kick off the annual Hope for the Holidays toy drive.
The public is invited to bring toys to the event that will be collected by the Salvation Army and members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Tents and warming stations will be provided in case the weather is chilly. Imagination Station will provide live demonstrations during the event. Food trucks will include Rosie’s Rolling Chef, Jeanies Comfort Cusine and The Displaced Chef.
13abc’s Hope for the Holidays campaign begins on Friday, November 17 and continues through December 15. More than 113,000 toys have been donated to local children since it began in 2011. The campaign benefits the Salvation Army and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program. The Salvation Army is the coordinating agency for distribution of toys to area children. Last year, more than 25,000 toys were collected.
Hope for the Holidays partners include Vito’s Pizza; Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer; Arnolds Home Improvement and Dave White Chevrolet and Acura and Jim White Toyota. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted during the campaign at various locations listed at 13abc.com.
On Friday, December 8, the annual “Hope for the Holidays Drive Through Bash” will be held all day at three locations in Northwest Ohio. 13abc will broadcast from all three venues all day beginning at 5:00am through 6:30pm. Those wishing to donate toys can drive through 13abc’s parking lot and receive a free piece of pizza and be entertained by choirs, bands, mascots and more. Additional locations will be located in Bowling Green and Findlay. Details will be announced later.
Below are locations where donations will be accepted from November 17 through December 15:
5412 Monroe street Toledo
4235 Douglas Rd Toledo
3392 Lagrange St. Toledo
5145 N Summit St. Toledo
524 Main St. Toledo
2131 N Reynolds Rd. Toledo
315 S Detroit Ave Toledo
4317 Heatherdowns Boulevard Toledo
3130 W Central Ave Toledo, Toledo
2120 N Holland Sylvania Ave, Toledo
4035 Navarre Ave Oregon
7060 Sylvania Avenue Sylvania
118 W South Boundary Perrysburg
1770 Tremainsville, Toledo, OHIO
Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer:
3516 Granite Circle Toledo
Dave White Chevrolet (NEW AND USED LOCATIONS):
5880 Monroe St. Sylvania
Dave White Acura:
5868 Monroe Street Sylvania
Jim White Toyota:
6123 West Central Avenue Toledo