The Home for Little Wanderers would like to thank everyone in the Dedham community who welcomed us and made our annual Big Wishes Gift Drive a success. The support of the community enabled us to collect nearly 15,000 toys, as well as other gifts, which we distributed among the children and families who receive our services and other local charities who were in need of additional help this holiday season.
The 2012 holiday campaign would not have been possible this year without the generous support of Legacy Place in Dedham which donated space for our Toy Room after we sold our landmark Jamaica Plain facility which had housed many generations of the Gift Drive. Our Big Wishes sponsors — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, WCVB-TV, MAGIC 106.7, and the Boston Herald— helped us spread the word and encouraged their neighbors to get involved by donating new unwrapped toys and gift cards for at-risk-youth, especially teenagers.
Local businesses including Coldwell Banker’s Washington Street Office and MacFarlane Energy on Bridge Street returned as drop-off locations again for this year’s drive. Children at the Oakdale School hosted their own toy drive and were proud to deliver the 300 presents they collected during a special Story Time in the Toy Room with the Blue Bunny’s Peter H. Reynolds. From the volunteers, including a group from Noble and Greenough, who sorted toy donations as they arrived at the Toy Room to the local groups who fulfilled the individual wishes of children, the community’s simple acts of generosity brought joy to children and families at what can often be a challenging time of the year.
For more than 200 years, The Home for Little Wanderers has earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their communities, even when they don’t have family support. We never give up on children. And we don’t let children give up on themselves. Thank you to everyone in the Dedham community for being so welcoming to The Home for Little Wanderers this holiday season.
Vice President for Development and Communications