WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington recently received the United States Marine Corps Reserves Commanders Award for its support of the Toys of Tots program.
Selectmen Chair Greg Bendel accepted the certificate from Lance Corporal Max Martino at last week’s Board Meeting.
Local realtors Frank and Karen West have been coordinating the Toys for Tots program in both Wilmington and Tewksbury for the past 23 years.
“We put out empty boxes and they get filled up with new, unwrapped toys through the generosity of residents and local businesses,” said Frank West. “They’re the ones that are doing all the heavy lifting… We want to thank everyone who participates and everyone in the community for their support.”
The program currently has donation boxes at approximately 75 locations across the two communities. Some of the Wilmington locations include: Wilmington Town Hall, Wilmington Senior Center, several Wilmington schools, Wilmington Community Television, Market Basket, both Reading Cooperative Banks, People’s United Bank, Citizens Bank, Winchester Hospital Family Medical Center, Esposito Carpet, and Planet Fitness.
The West Family can be reached at 978-658-1754 if a resident or business owner would like to make a cash donation, or schedule a pick-up for a large amount of toys.
“We want to thank the families who have birthday parties, Christmas parties, and holiday parties where they collect toys for the program,” noted Karen West.
All five Selectmen praised the work of the West family, along with Lance Corporal Martino’s service to the country.
“We appreciate your entire family’s efforts year in and year out,” said Selectmen Chair Greg Bendel.
“23 years! Outstanding work on behalf of the kids in Wilmington, Tewksbury & surrounding communities,” added Selectman Kevin Caira. “I can’t thank you enough for your time and commitment”
“We want as many Wilmington residents as possible to know about this program so that the toys donated in Wilmington can go back to Wilmington, in addition to other neighboring communities,” stressed West. “This is an avenue for struggling families to get needed toys and a little holiday cheer.”
According to Martino, the Toys for Tots program – at a national level – annually donates 18 million toys to 7 million children in need. Last year, more than 95,000 toys were collected in the Middlesex and Essex Counties supporting nearly 33,000 local children.
To learn more about the Toys for Tots program, including how to request toys, click HERE. Make sure to select “Massachusetts” then “Middlesex County,” from the drop-down menus.
Toys For Tots Drive This Sunday In Wilmington
Lucky Pro Wrestling’s Justin Credible, Vern Vicallo, Royce Bishop, Sweatboy & Danika will be signing autographs and taking photos for fans who donate a new unwrapped toy or make a $5 donation to Toys for Tots.
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