Gamlin Restaurant Group Launches Toy Drive for Shriners Hospital Replacing Christmas Toys Lost In Warehouse Fire
St. Louis, MO/November 19, 2017 (STL.News) – Let’s face it…even though we sometimes think the Christmas holidays are a bit too commercialized, if you’re a kid, it really is all about getting gifts. That’s why it was so sad when many of Shriner’s Hospital Christmas toys were destroyed in the recent warehouse fire in south St. Louis.
Hundreds of kids had already been invited to attend a Christmas party at the hospital in the Central West End on December 10. Each child was to receive a gift at the event. The good news is that the community is coming together to try and help out. Gamlin Restaurant Group just recently launched a Toy Drive to help replace many of the Shriners Hospital lost toys.
Gamlin’s is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys or blankets that can be dropped off at any of the restaurant group’s three locations in the Central West End — Sub Zero Vodka Bar (308 N. Euclid Avenue), Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue) or 1764 Public House (39 North Euclid Avenue).
“Shriners Hospital does such great things for our neighborhood and our community, and we were saddened to hear the news of the fire’s destruction,” Gamlin Restaurant Group Proprietor Lucas Gamlin says. “We know that our guests will be eager to help the Shriners recover from this loss, so that they can still make the holiday season a wonderful one for the families they serve.”
Donations can be made at the restaurants through November 24. All of the donated items will be distributed by the Shriners to the nearly 1,500 children who were invited to their annual Christmas party.
The Moolah Shrine Center and the Shriners Hospital also held a toy drive this weekend that brought in lots of toys. PetSmart in Belleville is donating 200 stuffed animals they had collected during their own toy drive to give to Shriners and now other PetSmart locations around the area are doing the same. St. Louis firefighters who worked so hard to contain the fire are also collecting new toys aimed at ages 13-18 at all of the city’s fire stations. And New Country 92.3 and 106.5, The Arch were able to raise more than $32,900 during their emergency 12-hour radiothon, called Cash.
By Kara Savio – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC
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