According to a recent press release, this year marks the 22nd Annual New Bedford Firefighters’ Union Toy Drive with United Way of Greater New Bedford. Each year, New Bedford firefighters collect toys and gift cards to ensure that children and teens in Greater New Bedford have a happy holiday season.

New, unwrapped toys can be donated at any New Bedford Fire Station as well as a number of local community-minded businesses now through Monday, December 21. Once toys are collected, a number of active and retired firefighters will spend a day sorting, filling, and delivering toy requests to organizations in Greater New Bedford.

“This has been a tough year for so many people in our community, including the kids,” said Victoria Grasela, VP of Marketing and Community Engagement. “Let’s make this holiday brighter for the children of Greater New Bedford that have had to move away from their regular school routines and seeing friends and family.”

All of the items collected will be delivered to local nonprofit organizations that serve youth. Some organizations that have received toys from the drive in the past include:

  • NorthStar Learning Centers
  • Donovan House
  • Harbour House
  • Family Preservation Program
  • PACE
  • United Way’s Family Resource & Development Center.

These agencies will distribute the toys to children through their various holiday activities. Toys can be donated at any New Bedford Fire Station or online HERE.
Please do not contact the New Bedford Fire Department with questions about the toy drive. Instead, contact United Way of Greater New Bedford with any questions at 508-994-9625 ext. 228.

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