Christmas dreams came true a week early through the annual Tony's Metro Magic toy drive.

 

For the 7th year running, Metro readers donated to bring gifts to children in need in Philadelphia, Boston and New York.

 

Above, see pictures of gifts donated through Metro Philadelphia to kids at theInstitute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY), a West Philly community-basednonprofit that serves youth and families.

 

The Tony's Metro Magic toy drive is named in memory of the man who oversaw the project for more than four years, Tony Metcalf, Metro's longest-running editor in chief. Metcalf passed away in 2013 from colon cancer at the age of 50.

 

“Tony felt we should use the size and scale of Metro to help others,and he used enormous dedication and force to execute the project and every year make children in need a little happier during the holiday season,” said Metro US CEO Yggers Mortensen

“I am proud to continue this project in honor of Tony and I hope all our readers, suppliers and members of the Metro team will help to make this yet another great Metro Magic year.”