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Thanks from ABCD

ABCD sends its warmest thank you to the Boston Herald for its outstanding support of the ABCD Toy Drive. In particular, the heartwarming article by Marie Szaniszlo (“6,000 Toys Needed by Dec. 15,” Dec. 7, 2021) alerted hundreds of donors and helped kick off a widespread media campaign. In 10 days our toy drive climbed from 400 to 6,000 toys,…

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Drew: It’s critical to bring back the Child Tax Credit now

What kept low- and moderate-income families with children afloat in 2021 as COVID-19 variants battered their world and soaring prices bore down on them? The Child Tax Credit. Throughout 2021 this lifesaving program based in the IRS provided families with a monthly payment of $300 per child under age 6 and $250 for each child ages 6 to 12 years…

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Toy drive gets a big boost from staff at East West Mortgage

Employees of East West Mortgage on Hallet Street participated in donating and assembling $5,000 in holiday gifts for children in the annual ABCD Christmas Toy Drive. “We went out and bought 26 bikes and 26 helmets, and over a few days we assembled them,” said company president Steve Borgerson. He said they purchased $700 worth of additional toys, and the…

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ABCD Reaches 6,000 Toy Goal for Holiday Drive

‘Twas three weeks before Christmas and… The ABCD toy room was rather empty. About 400 toys rested on the distribution tables. Meanwhile requests for help were pouring in at an unprecedented rate. SIX THOUSAND toys were needed for families seeking to celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Channukah and Three Kings Day. “With the pandemic still impacting the families we serve in Boston…

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ABCD Reaches 6,000 Toy Goal for Holiday Drive

‘Twas three weeks before Christmas and… The ABCD toy room was rather empty. About 400 toys rested on the distribution tables. Meanwhile requests for help were pouring in at an unprecedented rate. SIX THOUSAND toys were needed for families seeking to celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Channukah and Three Kings Day. “With the pandemic still impacting the families we serve in Boston…

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This holiday season, demand for toys is ‘unbelievable’

In a bustling storefront in Coolidge Corner, Eureka! Puzzles & Games is home to bright blue and green walls. Miniature Earth models. Custom jigsaw puzzles. And lately, lots of customers. “Demand is certainly higher than pre-pandemic levels,” said owner David Leschinsky. “It’s holding strong.” Toy retailers — from big box stores to neighborhood shops — have accommodated growing crowds during…

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Local nonprofit secures 6,000 toys in 3 weeks for holiday donations

‘Twas three weeks before Christmas and all through ABCD, several creatures were stirring, as worried as can be. Folks had been generous, donating 400 toys, but the need was far greater, for all local girls and boys. The call went out, for a bit more aid, and the community responded, spreading a joy that can’t be repaid. ABCD, or Action for…

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Help exists for thousands of MA families behind on utility bills

“When I was working, I could make bills meet. But since I retired, it’s a little difficult right now,” said Arthur Cain of Mattapan. And with the rising cost of utilities, it’s not getting any easier for the 83-year-old who’s on a fixed income and was falling behind on his electric bill. “It has run up to $600,” Cain said….

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Boston Holiday Toy Drive in Need of More Donors, Even After $4K in Gifts

A Boston holiday toy drive is looking for more donations of presents that will go to disadvantaged families in the region. The Dorchester-based nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development, which collects and distributes the toy donations, says it’s been about 3,000 toys short of what it normally has to hand out in the holiday season. “The pandemic has hit a…

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ABCD kickoff annual Fuel Assistance program

Applaud Biden Admins’. increase to fuel assistance nationwide With temperatures in Mission Hill  expected to dip into the 30s at night this week many low-income residents will be left out in the cold.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause uncertainty in the neighborhood as job loss, food insecurity and loss of income has become more prevalent and many residents will…

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