Help a child feel the fun of games this year

Mauricio and Yasaman Zuniga play a board game with children, Diego, 5 (left) and Amira, 7, in their Newton home. Credit: Getty Images
Mauricio and Yasaman Zuniga play a board game with children, Diego, 5 (left) and Amira, 7, in their Newton home. Credit: Getty Images

Does the phrase “You sunk my battleship” mean anything to you? How about, “It takes a steady hand!” – does that ring any buzzers? Or maybe the image of a dejected boy with a bowl haircut saying, “Pretty sneaky, sis!” seems familiar?

These quotes are burned into the brains of many children of the 70s, 80s and 90s, who saw these gripping commercials for Battleship, Operation and Connect Four, and instantly added the games to their Christmas lists.

Children of today are no different, and believe it or not, the games haven’t changed that much either. Classics like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly are as entertaining as they were when you were a kid, and – with many at a price of $10 or less — can be a pretty cheap way for any child to spend a rainy afternoon.

Maybe they’ll have some playmates from the neighborhood stop by, or choose spark up some good old sibling rivalry. Or maybe they’ll tear a parent away from their endless work emails, household chores and daily challenges, just for a quick match.

No matter who their opponent, many children would feel lucky to receive a board game for the holidays, especially those whose families don’t have any money for gifts this year. That’s where you come in.

Tony’s Metro Magic — named after beloved Editor in Chief Tony Metcalf who passed away earlier this year — allows readers to select a gift from our online wish list and have it directly shipped to Metro for distribution to local children at Charlestown-based Heading Home or Toys for Tots.

Metro needs your help to provide Greater Boston’s needy children with not just board games, but also action figures, art supplies and even electronics. We are regularly updating our wish list, so check it out by clicking on the Tony’s Metro Magic logo at www.metro.us.

How to take part

Clicking here will take you to a wish list we have set up via a secure link on Toys ‘R’ Us.com.

Once there, you can see all the toys we’ve already requested for kids, with more are being added daily. Simply select the toys you want and purchase them. That’s it!

Selecting only the toys on our wish list ensures that all the gifts will be shipped to our offices and then picked up by the Marines.

What to give?

Metro is collecting new, unwrapped gifts, not clothes. Things like action figures, dolls, board games, and sports toys like a football are always good. And don’t forget about older children, ages 11 and up. An older child would love to receive an MP3 player, a make-up kit or a poster from their favorite “Twilight” movie this year. And you don’t have to give much. Spending $10 or $20 on a toy or two for a needy child can make a big difference.

If you donate, e-mail us at charity@metro.us letting us know what you gave and we’ll shout out a “thank-you” in the paper!


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