WINTHROP — Police Chief Terence Delehanty and Fire Chief Paul Flanagan pleased to announce that the Winthrop Police and Fire Departments hosted a holiday toy drive that benefited over fifty families.
On Dec. 6, the drive began as Santa and his elves accepted donations, took photos and participated in holiday festivities at the Cummings School Loop in Winthrop. Donations were also accepted via drop-off at the Winthrop Police Station throughout December and consisted of both new and unwrapped toys and gift cards
Not only were the departments able to donate to 57 families, they also donated to numerous groups in the Winthrop and Greater Boston area, including Winthrop Public Schools, Winthrop Community and Law Enforcement Assisted Recovery (CLEAR) team, St. John the Evangelist Church, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Suffolk County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Harbor Cove Domestic Violence Shelter.
“This year we are extremely grateful for the response that we had from the community and members of the department who participated,” Chief Delehanty said. “This is what community is all about, taking care of one another during difficult and trying times.”
“We are lucky to have such a supportive, giving community who continues to turn out for those in need each year,” Chief Flanagan said. “Thank you to everyone who helped to make a difference this holiday season.”
Winthrop Police and Fire hope to continue to grow the annual toy drive in the years to come.