The following is an announcement from the Wakefield Police Department:
The Toys for Tots program helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; and allows everyone to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children.
Detective Kenneth Silva, Officers Jonathan Burnham and John Whaley, all U.S. Marine Corps veterans, will assist in picking up these toys and storing them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, these toys are distributed to the less fortunate children of the community. Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.
While Toys for Tots Coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys. Members of the community are encouraged to drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes located in the lobby of the Wakefield Public Safety Building. Collection boxes will be available through mid-December.