AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of Agawam held its first annual “Used Toy Exchange” to help families with Christmas presents for their children. 22News spoke with some of those grateful families.
The town of Agawam held its first annual “Used Toy Exchange” this year for families in need or just anyone looking for a toy.
Catelyn Puza, of Feeding Hills said “I’m hard on money as a lot of people are nowadays. I’m out of work because I do have her. So this is actually great.”
The Agawam High School’s Honor Society and Agawam’s Zero Waste Club helped coordinate the event along with the Mayor’s Office and Six Flags New England.
Paul Obergein, of the Agawam High School Honor Society said “It feels like I’m actually working in Santa’s workshop. I’m glad it’s helping the community.”
Anyone that was interested in donating a toy that had been gently used and clean could drop it off at the Agawam’s Public Library Friday.
All these toys come from community members. The action figures-still in one piece which is difficult to do, the stuffed animals-still stuffed, and the basketballs still bouncing and that’s all that matters to put on a smile on these kids faces this holiday season.
Six Flags New England donated 30 new bikes that were raffled away to dozens of lucky families at no cost.
Arielle Daguet, of Agawam said “Yesterday we came and brought some donations so today we’re actually picking stuff up for our classrooms because we’re both teachers. So we want to give back to our community and we want to teach our kids the lesson of giving for the holidays.”
At the same time kids were invited to enjoy holiday book reading, crafts, games and photos with iconic Looney Tunes Characters.
Jose Daguet, of Agawam said “To show our kids that it’s not always about receiving but to give is actually better than to receive.”
For those who attended, it was a reminder of what the holiday season is all about.