RMV Toy Drive Delivers Cheer to Children Across the State

(Boston, MA)-Registrar of Motor Vehicles Anne L. Collins joined Salvation Army officials at the Boston “Castle” today in handing out many of the 2,626 toys and bikes RMV employees and customers donated during the state agency’s 8th annual holiday drive.

The RMV set up collection boxes at all 34 branches and headquarters just before Halloween. In addition to the toys, the RMV also collected warm clothing and $1,358 to help needy families get through the holidays.

“Despite the uncertainty created by numerous toy recalls, employees and customers of the RMV have been extremely generous this year,” said Registrar Collins. “This year there is an even greater need to fill to ensure as many children as possible have happy holiday memories.”

The RMV has partnered with the Salvation Army for the past seven years, collecting over 13,000 toys for children and families served by the Salvation Army in Massachusetts. Last year, 5,500 families received gift donations in Boston alone.

Some branches mounted special campaigns to give to their local Salvation Army offices. The Beverly branch partnered with Beverly police which provided helmets to go along with the 51 bicycles that were donated. Cape Cod RMV branches also took part in the Salvation Army’s “Dress a Living Doll” promotion, buying gifts on the wish lists of six teenagers.

In Taunton, RMV employees even remembered the troops in Iraq, filling 14 Christmas stockings and five boxes of snacks, CD’s and toiletries to send overseas.

All toys and gifts collected for the Salvation Army will be given out at the Boston Castle and other Salvation Army locations through December 21.

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