December 18, 2013
WGBH Holiday Toy Drive Benefits Local SchoolsToys and cash donations distributed among seven Allston-Brighton schools
BOSTON, Mass. (December 18, 2013) – As the holidays approach, WGBH employees came together to give back to the local Allston-Brighton community. Employees purchased nearly 170 new toys and contributed$1,250.00 in cash donations. Gifts were distributed to schoolchildren at seven Allston-Brighton elementary schools: Gardner Elementary School, Winship Elementary School, Edison Middle School, Jackson Mann Elementary School, Mary Lyon K-8 School, Baldwin Early Learning Center and Horace Mann School for the Deaf.
“For nearly 20 years, WGBH employees have given generously to help children in our community enjoy the holiday season,” said WGBH COO Ben Godley. “We are pleased to be able to continue that tradition of holiday giving and hope that this year’s contributions bring joy to families across our neighborhood.”
The holiday toy drive, organized through WGBH’s Human Resources department, kicked off on November 19, 2013 at WGBH’s Brighton headquarters. The HR team used the entirety of the cash donation to provide schools with needed items including school supplies, games to promote social skills, cold-weather accessories, books, gift cards for families in need, and first-aid supplies for schools that requested them.
Representatives from the schools collected the toys and supplies at WGBH on Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
WGBH employees collect 169 toys for local schoolchildren. Pictured, from left to right: WGBH Chief Operating Officer Ben Godley with employees Marybeth Boucher, Jackie Fuce, Cynthia Broner, Ashley Savannah and Vice President for Human Resources Fran Sullivan. (Photo credit: WGBH)
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