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New Bedford Firefighters’ Union 17th Annual Toy Drive


Please join the New Bedford Firefighters’ Union and United Way of Greater New Bedford in their 17th Annual Toy Drive to provide toys to local youth this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys, gift cards or movie tickets can be donated at locations throughout the SouthCoast through Monday, December 14th.

“Families in our community are making the tough decisions whether to put food on the table or get their children presents for Christmas,” said Victoria Grasela, Marketing & Community Relations Officer at United Way. “Our toy drive with the Firefighters is meant to help those families and provide peace of mind knowing the kids will be taken care of this year.”

Thousands of toys are collected and distributed to agencies in Greater New Bedford each year. From trucks and dolls to games and books, items for all ages newborn – teens are needed. Gift cards and movie tickets make great gifts for teenage recipients.

All of the items collected will be separated and delivered to local nonprofit organizations that serve youth. Some organizations that have received toys from the drive in the past include: Greater New Bedford Women’s Center, Schwartz Center for Children, NorthStar Learning Centers, Donovan House and HarbOUR House/ Family Preservation Program. These agencies will distribute the toys to children through their various holiday activities.

New, unwrapped toys or gift cards can be dropped off at any of the following businesses:

•Any New Bedford Fire Station from 8am-6pm
•Ashley Ford (395 Mt. Pleasant St, New Bedford)
•Baarsvik Souza Orthodontics (1403 Tucker Rd, Dartmouth)
•Buster’s Sports Bar & Grille (227 State Rd, Dartmouth)
•Century House (107 S. Main St, Acushnet)
•Club Fit Dartmouth (Dartmouth Mall)
•Doctors Express (119 Coggeshall St, New Bedford)
•Dollar General (893 Church St, New Bedford)
•First Citizen Credit Union Branches:
-271 Union Street, New Bedford
-570 North Front Street, New Bedford
-1341 Cove Road, New Bedford
-2 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett
•Flagship Cinemas (500 Kings Hwy, New Bedford)
•Glaser Glass (1265 Purchase St, New Bedford)
•Knuckleheads Bar & Grille (85 MacArthur Dr, New Bedford)
•Lowe’s (2421 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham)
•New Bedford Credit Union (1150 Purchase St or 120 Dawson St, New Bedford)
•New Bedford Housing Authority Office (134 South Second St)
•PharmaHealth Pharmacy (132 Alden Rd, Fairhaven & 535 Faunce Corner Rd, Dartmouth)
•Rockland Trust (133 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford)
•Shooters Billiards (2112 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford)
•Star Oil Co. (228 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford)
•TJMaxx (444 State Rd, Dartmouth)
•Treeland Nursery (46 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford)
•Zapp (266 Barnett Blvd., New Bedford)

Donate toys now until Monday, December 14th. These toys will be distributed to local organizations serving youth throughout New Bedford.

Please do not contact the New Bedford Fire Department with toy requests. Please contact United Way of Greater New Bedford with any questions at 508-994-9625 ext. 10.

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