LETTERS: Thanks for the Toys for Tots support



There are no words to express my thanks to everyone for their support of our 32nd Annual Toys for Tots event held in Wallingford last month. Each year this  event provides an opportunity for our friends and families, businesses and residents to get together to collect toys for distribution by the US Marine Corp Toys for Tots program. This year, we collected  8,565 toys that were distributed in our local area to ensure every boy or girl had a toy to open on Christmas morning.

This year’s Toys for Tots drive was hosted by Holly Lafond’s family and me following her sudden passing last spring. Every year Holly was the key person in this local toy drive. There were thousands of donated toys overflowing in the military vehicles and multiple trucks brought to Wallingford by the US Marines. Thanks to the community’s continuing support and inspiring generosity, we were able to collect and distribute thousands of toys.  

For the past 32 years I have been overwhelmed by the generosity. On behalf of everyone who helped out we are fortunate and proud to live in such a generous community. We deeply appreciate the kindness and participation to all who have supported our past collection efforts. We were thrilled with the community response and thank you for the joy you have brought to thousands of local children during this holiday. We are proud to be a part of this giving community and thank you for your support!

Thank you again for all who contributed, attended and supported our 2022 event.

Jim Fitzsimmons, Wallingford 


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