By Meredith Bryan
Tuesday, January 8
Dear Editor, 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, …
Oakdale Second Graders had a plan to help make a successful Holiday Toy Drive.
It was about three weeks ago, that we reported a story about Ms. Kerrin O'Brien and Ms. Christine O'Leary's Oakdale Elementary School second grade class. The eighteen boys and girls were putting together a Holiday Toy Drive, the first of anything like this at the local school. Since September, this class had planned on doing “something” – to give back and help the community. Shortly before Thanksgiving, the teachers heard about the Home For Little Wanderers “Big Wishes” Gift Drive. The Home has been around for about 200 years now, and helps thousands of families throughout the year. Meetings were held, phone calls were made, fliers were posted, drop boxes were set up in school, and the Oakdale Toy Drive was underway! Now, even for …
Today's weather, Board of Selectmen meet and fill a truck with toys for kids.
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