Canalside Tattoo, a Main Street business in Medina, has grown accustomed to hosting an annual toy drive aimed at making Christmastime easier for those in need. The event, which is aligned with the Village’s yearly Parade of Lights, normally passes right by the shop, presenting thousands of visitors with the opportunity to help local families. Due to this year’s unpredictable environment in the face of COVID-19, Village Officials opted for a parade in reverse, with Illuminated floats decorating the Medina School District’s campus. Visitors will remain in their cars while passing by the display, as to uphold state mandated guidelines and social distancing.
Owner at Canalside Tattoo, Shawn Ramsey, along with Andrew Szatkowski, chairman of the annual toy drive, have substituted normal parade day charity operations with a “Santa Hat Drive.” Much like a boot drive for local firefighters, as you pass, the opportunity to donate will present itself.
“We’re going to be positioned at the front of the parade. There will be a few signs reminding everyone to get your donations ready. We will be collecting donations and handing out some cool things to young kids,” said Szatkowski, adding, “You know, with all the area businesses that pitch in every year, we just didn’t want to do nothing.”
As within the prior four years, all donations will go to Medina Area Association of Churches (MAAC) and Community Action, spreading from there to local families during the Christmas holiday.