(WWLP) – Generous 22News viewers filled our lobby last December with more than 100,000 Christmas gifts for underprivileged children throughout western Massachusetts. But just as many are needed this year.
Toys for Tots became a gift-giving crusade for Melissa Sheean-Black. Even though she was battling cancer, she opened her heart to those less fortunate. “These children don’t have anything,” she told 22News back in 2012. With the donations made to Toys for Tots, “They’ll wake up Christmas morning and be able to have a smile on their face.” After Melissa passed away, her family continued to collect and donate to Toys for Tots in her memory.
Richard Anderson of Monson donated bikes in memory of his late father. “I watch 22News all the time,” he said. “They were looking for bikes. I said I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it big.”
With the next Toys for Tots donation drive less than four weeks away, 22News urges families in need to register as Toys for Tots recipients, so that when the U.S. Marines pick up and package these donated gifts, no child will be disappointed.
22News will accept toys in our lobby from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from November 28th to December 2nd, and from December 5th to December 7th. On Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On December 8th, 9th, and 12th, we will accept toys from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To find out how you can request a toy, click here.