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Cellucci, Swift Launch Statewide Holiday Toy Drive
RMV and Salvation Army to Collect Toys

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The Registry will be collecting toys from November 20th to December 15th at each of our 35 branch locations for families in need throughout the Commonwealth. Toys must be new, non-violent, and not gift-wrapped.

Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift today kicked off the Registry of Motor Vehicles/Salvation Army Holiday Toy Drive, marking the first time they have combined efforts in a statewide toy collection effort.

“The Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Salvation Army, together, can help spread cheer across the Commonwealth this holiday season,” said Swift.  “The Registry's network of statewide branches allows caring citizens from across the Commonwealth to donate gifts to children in their area.”

Through December 15th, the Registry will be collecting new and unwrapped toys at each of its 35 locations, and the Salvation Army will be collecting toys at their 34 locations statewide.  The donations will be distributed to children who live where the donation was made.

“The Registry is proud to help spread holiday goodwill with the Salvation Army,” said Grabauskas.  “We are pleased that we can offer our offices and our staff to help people in need this holiday season.”

“About two months ago, we did not know how we would be able to obtain enough toys to serve all of the families we provide services to in Massachusetts,” said Fred Van Brunt, State Commander of the Salvation Army.  “We are so grateful to Lieutenant Governor Swift, Registrar Grabauskas, and all of the RMV employees across the state for helping thousands of children have a brighter holiday this year.”

During last year's holiday season, the Salvation Army provided more than 1,400 families with at least one of the 7,000 toys collected.  The Salvation Army also provides clothing, meals, and financial assistance to families in need, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.


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