A messy morning snowfall did not dampen the festive mood as approximately 20 members of the Pops gathered at Walier Chevrolet in Keene for its annual toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots. Dan Mitchell hosted the live broadcast on WKBK, interviewing Wally Reney from Toys for Tots, Joe Walier, and our own Meg Kupiec, who organized our participation this year. Known for re-writing lyrics to classic songs for special occasions, Meg outdid herself this year with an upbeat jingle to the tune of “Here We Come A Caroling.” The song was a hit with everyone, but none more than Joe Walier himself!
Despite the frightful weather, many locals stopped in to deliver a new toy, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, and listen as the Pops sang carols over the span of an hour on the air. Several in attendance noted that this year’s toy collection seemed bigger than ever, and in particular the shiny new bicycles sitting among the haul were a sight to behold. Oh, what fun to know how many kids would wake up Christmas morning to those new bikes! Many thanks to Walier’s for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful community event!