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Marblehead School of Ballet and North Shore Civic Ballet Launch Winter Coats/Pajamas Drive for Needy

October 23, 2021

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Marblehead School of Ballet and

North Shore Civic Ballet Launch

Second Winter Coats and Pajamas Drive for Needy


Summary: The Marblehead School of Ballet and the North Shore Civic Ballet ask the public to donate new and gently used winter coats for all ages and new pajamas for children in their second drive to help people experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Marblehead, Massachusetts; October 23, 2021) – The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) and the North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB) are holding their second winter coat drive to help neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive runs from Monday, November 1 through Saturday, December 11. This year, the drive is also collecting new pajamas for children, 0 to six years of age, which will be given to Lynn Economic Opportunity.

"For 50 years, the Marblehead School of Ballet has been an active member of the community. We thank everyone for supporting us all these years. During the fall and winter seasons, we ask the public to think of people less fortunate suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating a gently used or new winter coat for people of all ages or new pajamas for children," said Paula K. Shiff, Director of MSB.


Help Our Neighbors: Winter Coat and Pajama Drive

            The MSB and the North Shore Civic Ballet, a not-for-profit dance company providing performances and arts education to the Greater Boston community for 47 years, is holding the winter coat and pajama drive. With Massachusetts ranked sixth in the country for the most homeless people, helping neighbors in need get through the cold winter is paramount.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create hardships in the region, the North Shore Civic Ballet wants to lessen the difficulties families are experiencing.  We are building upon the success of our drive in 2020 and invite others to join us in this year's collection by donating new or gently used winter coats for people of all ages and new pajamas for children, ages 0 to six, this year, said Rosemary Grant, member, North Shore Civic Ballet board of trustees.

The North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB) premiered and presented new work in Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 11th annual Dance For World Community Festival.

            Donations of new or gently used warm winter coats for children and adults, without broken zippers, rips, tears, or stains, are welcome and. Anton’s Cleaners will clean the coats free-of-charge. The cleaned garments will be distributed through the Coats for Kids and Families Partners Distribution Network to a range of organizations, including Massachusetts Community Action Programs, Salvation Army, Women’s Lunch Place, DCF, and Catholic Charities.

            The new pajamas will be given to Lynn Economic Opportunity, a nonprofit in Lynn, Massachusetts to give to children in need. This agency is one of the largest providers of early education and care in southern Essex County, working with children and families.

            Bring your winter coats or pajamas to the dance studio from Monday, December 1 through Saturday, December 11. Supporters of the drive must contact the school at 781-631-6262 or send an e-mail  first to arrange a date and time to drop off donations.

About Marblehead School of Ballet

            Celebrating its 50th year, the Marblehead School of Ballet, founded in 1971 by Paula K. Shiff, has earned a wide reputation for the excellence of its training and integrity of purpose. Classical ballet forms the core of teaching with particular emphasis on correct alignment and development of strength and agility. The sheer pleasure of dance and music is always central to the classroom experience.

            The basic graded program for children includes classes in ballet technique with advanced work in repertoire and pointe. The school also offers a modern dance department, classes for young children in creative movement and classes in improvisation and technique for the older student. A full range of adult classes is offered.

            MSB is home to the North Shore Civic Ballet Company (NSCB). The NSCB gives concert performances and a variety of educational programs for schools; all are suitable for different age groups and levels of development.

            For further information, call 781-631-6262, send an e-mail or visit the organization's website.   Follow the MSB and the NSCB on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @MSB_ballet.





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