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October 29, 2013

Methuen Orange Leaf joins toy drive for local boy's cause

METHUEN—Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will officially open its doors on Saturday, Nov. 2 at The LOOP with face painting, limo rides, tethered hot air balloon rides, and more—all as part of an effort to help Wesley Gangi, 9, of Methuen, collect toys for patients at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Wesley has faced challenges with health issues since he and his two brothers were born premature. He’s undergone over 35 surgeries and spent a considerable part of his life in the hospital. Still, Wesley wants to help other kids in need by holding a toy drive, with the help of Orange Leaf and The LOOP, so children have new toys to play with when they are in the hospital. That is how “Wesley’s Wishes” was created.

Visitors who donate money or a new unwrapped toy will receive a 50 percent off coupon for a yogurt purchase.

“Wesley is an exceptional young man and I jumped at the chance to help his cause,” said Mike Hennessy, owner of the Methuen Orange Leaf.

The event starts at 11 a.m. when representatives from The LOOP and Orange Leaf will welcome Wesley and his family to the Center Courtyard. There will be music, family-friendly activities and raffles until 3 p.m. Tethered hot air balloon rides, sponsored by Orange Leaf, will be $5 for children and $10 for adults, weather permitting, with all proceeds going towards the “Wesley’s Wishes” fund.

Toys and donations can also be dropped off at The LOOP management office prior to the event, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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