Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply is collecting donations for Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis after hundreds of toys were destroyed in the south St. Louis warehouse fire on November 15.  Every Metro Lighting and Metro Electric location throughout Missouri will be accepting gift donations now through December 14.

“Once we heard the news about the toys that were destroyed in the fire, we were heartbroken,” said Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply. “We want to bring Christmas back to the kids, so we decided to launch our very first company toy drive.”

Metro Lighting and Metro Electric stores will have collection boxes at all 14 locations for individuals to place their new, unwrapped toys. The Shriners have asked donors to keep in mind that 50 percent of their patients are teenagers ages 11 to 18. The toys lost in the fire were meant for approximately 1,500 children invited to the annual Christmas party, along with 30 pallets of blankets meant for young patients at the hospital. The holiday party, hosted by the Moolah Shriners, is still planned for December 10.

“Our first drop-off of donations will occur on Friday, December 8, in time for the Shriners Hospital Christmas party,” says Heather Kunst, project manager at Metro Lighting. “The drive will continue until December 14 for our second drop-off at the Moolah Shrine Center to be distributed to children still in the hospital on Christmas day.”

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