In late November of 2017, as she addressed a Monday Morning Meeting highlighting the Academy's holiday toy drive, Marilyn Legg P '88 asked audience members to hug themselves twice — once from the child receiving their gift and once from her.
One year later, at a similar Monday Morning Meeting, organizers asked audience members to do the same. They also asked for a record number of donations as a tribute to Legg, who died in January of 2018.
Done and done.
The Marilyn Legg P '88 Holiday Toy Drive was a great success in keeping with the generosity of its namesake. Held at both the Upper School and the Middle School, the drive collected over 680 gifts for local families. Specifically, donations went to: the regional office of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which covers Braintree, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Hull; Headstart; the South Boston Neighborhood House; and Beale Street House in Hingham.
The record-breaking gift total would no doubt please Legg, the longtime Assistant to the Head of School, who began the drive in 1987 and ran it for decades.
"This is our biggest year, and I think it's a wonderful tribute," said Campus Store Manager AnnMarie Leonard P '03, '06, one of the organizers of this year's drive with Hale Learning Center Department Head Erica Archabal and Business Office Associate Amber Gazerro. "It was so important to the Legg Family."
In all, more than 680 gifts were collected this year.
The holiday toy drive honors the late Marilyn Legg P '88, who founded it in 1987.