By Michele Taranto
Every child should celebrate Christmas with at least one toy or item.
Dedham residents have the opportunity to make this come true through the 16th Annual Dedham Toys for Tots toy drive.
On Sunday, December 15, volunteers will be receiving unwrapped toys at the American Legion, 155 Eastern Ave., from 6-10 p.m. Those presents will be distributed through the Dedham Youth Commission and Dedham Housing Authority so a child will have a gift to open on Christmas Day.
This admirable event has been coordinated by Michael Humphrey and Sarah MacDonald for the past four years. Last year, more than 500 toys were donated by generous Dedham residents. According to Humphrey, this fundraiser reaches such a commendable level due to the benevolent nature of local residents who look out for each other.
"All toys stay in Dedham, that's why we have such a great success," Humphrey said. "Anyone that donates their toys or money knows they are going to Dedham kids."
Dedham Toys for Toys was founded 16 years ago by Town Clerk Paul Munchbach and Robert Coughlin, president of Mass. Biotech Corporation. Since its inception, it has received remarkable support throughout good and bad economies.
In addition to unwrapped gifts, gift cards and monetary donations are also accepted to purchase specific items, often for the older children.
Attending a Christmas party on December 15t but would still like to participate? Donations will also be accepted by Youth Commission Director Robert Blaney, at Dedham High School, 140 Whiting Ave.
For those able to make the drop-off date, plan on staying and enjoying refreshments courtesy of Selectman Carmen DelloIacono and his brother, Chuck DelloIacono, owner of Chuck Wagon Catering. With the generosity of the Dedham community, the organizers, above contributors and Selectman Michael Butler who picks up the tab for the use of the hall, this event has no overhead expenses.
Help make a child's dream come true and donate an unwrapped gift, gift card or monetary contribution. Together, Christmas Day can be a special occasion for every Dedham resident.