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WIBX Keeler Toy Drive Kicks-off Saturday At Train Station

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Boxes being prepped to send out to local collection points for 2013 WIBX Keeler Toy Drive with Time Warner Cable for Operation Sunshine. (Photo by Al Pulaski)

Christmas on Main Street at Utica’s Union Station is scheduled for this Saturday and the annual event will serve as the launch for the 2013 Keeler Toy Drive to benefit Operation Sunshine.

WIBX’s First News with Keeler in the Morning will broadcast live on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.  There’s a pancake breakfast for families and Santa and Mrs. Claus for the kids.

This year’s Toy Drive is in conjunction with The Observer Dispatch, Time Warner Cable, and New York Sash.  A number of local businesses are serving as drop-off points to donate new un-wrapped toys valued at a minimum of $5.  A special thanks to Utica Mack, Raspberries and Joe Tahan’s Furniture for chipping in to assist.

Here’s the schedule of Events for this Year’s  Drive:

11/18/13  Al from Time Warner Cable begins delivering collection boxes to local businesses

11/23  Christmas on Main Street

12/1    Keeler on-air Auction to benefit the Toy Drive

Andrew’s High School Challenge – local High Schools compete to win by collecting the most toys   Prize:  Free High School Dance and Pizza Party

12/7   Teddy Bear Toss with New York Sash

12/13-14  Live Broadcast Toy Drive Finale’ at Raspberries on Commercial Drive in New Hartford.  Utica Mack will be on-hand with a truck for transport.

Here is a List of Drop-Off Locations


Town Square Media

New York Sash

Joe Tahan’s Furniture

Escape Away Message in New York Mills

Piggy Pat’s BBQ

Rinehart / Fitzgerald accounts

Dr. Talerico

Kozars Grille


Utica City Hall

Moore / Hart accountants


Utica Housing authority


Meyda Tiffany

Meelan Carpets

N.Utica Senior Center

Telephone Credit Union

Sickenberger Lane

The Varick

Riverside Diner

Polish Community Home

Charlie’s Pizza (both locations)

Time Warner Offices

Herb Phillipsons

O’Donnels Pub

Nail Creek Pub

Beautiful Movenents yoga and Fitness Ctr (Oneida)

Adirondack Bank (all locations)

McDonalds ( all locations)

40/8 Club

Celtic Harp


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