Massport Police Sponsors Annual Toys for Tots Campaign in South Boston
Conley Container Terminal is Drop-Site for Southie Residents
BOSTON – For a ninth year in a row, the Massachusetts Port Authority Police is sponsoring the annual Toys for Tots program. Now through 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 21, South Boston residents wishing to make a donation can drop off new, unwrapped, non-violent toys 24-hours a day at the Conley Terminal security gate located at the corner of Farragut Road and East First Street.
“Massport is proud to be a continued supporter of the annual Toys for Tots campaign to help give local disadvantaged children a happier Christmas,” said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport’s CEO & Executive Director. “The holidays bring increased demands to families already struggling financially. I am asking our South Boston neighbors to donate whatever they can this season for a deserving child.”
Toy donations are needed for boys and girls from the ages of newborn to 18 years old. Southie residents, instead, may also choose to give a monetary contribution in lieu of a toy. Checks should be made payable to “Toys for Tots.”
“The Massachusetts Port Authority Police continue to be a committed supporter rallying the South Boston community for our annual toy drive,” said U.S. Marine Sgt. Matthew LaRoche of the Greater Boston Toys for Tots program. “We are grateful for the dedication and spirit of the port officers, and for the generosity of South Boston residents who bring the magic of Christmas to local kids in-need each year.”
Toys for Tots, a 65 year-old national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve., The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer disadvantaged children recognition, confidence and a positive memory that can last a lifetime. In 2011, Marines and volunteers across the country, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam distributed nearly 16 million toys to more than seven million less fortunate children. Since 1947 when Toys for Tots was founded, Marines have distributed roughly 452 million toys to nearly 209 million disadvantaged American children.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities