Holiday toy distribution at ABCD’s South End Neighborhood Service Center, one of 14 throughout Greater Boston, enables 100 local families to make their children’s holiday special.
The holiday season took a turn for the better Friday for nearly 100 low-income Boston families, as parents and grandparents gathered in the South End to pick up donated toys in hopes of making their kids’ holiday just a little bit brighter.
Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, a nonprofit dedicated to providing helpful resources to struggling families, amassed more than 7,000 toys to be distributed between late December and early January. Families gathered in the festively decorated South End Neighborhood Service Center throughout the day to pick up toys they had requested from the ABCD’s annual toy drive, according to John Drew, president and CEO of ABCD.
“There’s a sparkle of joy from having toys and things in the household that they wouldn’t normally be able to get,” said Drew, who has been involved with ABCD for nearly 50 years. “They deserve to have a wonderful life . . . Nobody should be left out.”