'Fill The Cruiser' For Toys For Tots Dec. 1

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State Police Col. Marian McGovern was flanked by troopers and U.S. Marines as she discussed the Toys for Tots program last year. Troopers will be collecting toys at Auburn's Toys 'R' Us on Saturday. Photo Credit: Massachusetts State Police

AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn and Central Massachusetts residents can help put smiles on children’s faces this holiday season by getting in the giving spirit Saturday.  

As part of the state police department’s ongoing support of the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, Massachusetts troopers will collect toys from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Auburn Toys ‘R’ Us at 416 Southbridge St. The Massachusetts State Police will be at eight locations across the state on Saturday for its third annual "Fill the Cruiser" day.

“To all who will donate Saturday, thank you for helping make a difference in the life of a child in need this holiday season,” according to a Massachusetts State Police press release. “We thank you in advance for your support of Toys for Tots, which provides toys to children from families in need across Massachusetts.”

Toys ‘R’ Us customers who wish to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots program can purchase one inside the store and put it into the cruiser on their way out.

In addition to Auburn, the other “Fill the Cruiser” Toys ‘R’ Us locations are:

Woburn: 366 Cambridge St.

Springfield: 1686 Boston Road.

Kingston: 8 Gallen Road.

North Dartmouth: 492 State Road.

Framingham: 1 Worcester Road.

Dedham: 302 Providence Highway.

North Attleboro: 1190 S. Washington St.

The mission of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The Toys for Tots program delivers a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters to assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

To donate to the Toys for Tots program, visit its website.

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Oldman Linwood:

'A Special Christmas'

A Special Christmas it was 1962, as a Nation we had just come through the Cuban Missile Crisis. A family in our neighborhood was going through some very difficult times, and their Christmas did not look to promising with one of the parents in the Hospital.

In early December when the family left their house heading to the Hospital, Neighbor's would cook meals and leave groceries on their front porch. As Christmas approached neighbors left presents for the family also on the front porch. I also remember local charity's also helping the family also, but it was the Neighborhood spirit that stood out the most to me through life.

As you move on in life you realize how important it was to that family, and for a child to have at least 'one present to open up on Christmas morning'. To this day I donate to Toys for Tots, and putting something in the Salvation Army Pot at the Holiday times. The parent did recover and we as neighbors received special home made thank you cards from the family that special Christmas. As I have aged it was a special Christmas Gift of giving and the Neighborhood spirit that I will always remember on the Holidays, and a natural gift for the rest of my life..

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