A major nonprofit human services organization is making calls for more donations as they experience a shortage of toys for low-income families ahead of the winter holidays.
ABCD, which works with low-income residents in Boston and the Mystic Valley, runs a toy drive each winter holiday season for disadvantaged families in the area. This year, the pandemic and soaring costs of goods and fuel have led to more requests than available supply.
ABCD Director of Field Operations Josh Young said the organization has received 6,000 requests for toys while ABCD only has about 800 on-site. He said there are still about 70 donors that the organization still needs to pick up donations from, but the need for more toys is still there.
“Things are obviously a little difficult — job loss from the pandemic and soaring costs for food and fuel and other necessities have left families this year especially struggling to survive,” Young told MASSterList. “They’re struggling to make bills and they’re struggling with income to afford the higher prices of food and especially fuel that are currently facing them. And, so in folks just donating a toy, they can put a smile on a child’s face for a family.”