Christmas πŸŽΆπŸŽ„ toy give-away at the South Worcester Neighborhood CenterπŸŽ…!

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

The South Worcester Neighborhood Center held its annual Christmas toy give-away yesterday so that needy children in South Worcester could be assured of having gifts under their Christmas Trees this Christmas!

The toys were generously donated by many groups and individuals including: The Toys for Tots program of the United States Marine Corps Reserve; many local churches, including St. Mathew’s, Hadwen Park and Sacred Heart; various local businesses and non-profits, such as Fallon Community Health, Polar Corporation, Mass Save … and even local residents!



There were 700 children served this year, as opposed to the 610 served last year. Each parent received a two-pack of LED bulbs to lower the cost of their electricity bills whilst brightening up their homes for the holidays – sponsored by Mass Save.

There were five brand new bicycles provided by the Toys for Tots program of the United States Marine Corps Reserve that were put on raffle so that each child had a fair chance of winning a bicycle, as there were understandably not enough bikes for each child.


SWNC Executive Director Ron Charette decided the fairest way of distributing the bicycles was to hold a Raffle – which was a huge success.

Here’s SWNC board member Nancy LaFlash seated in the office near one of the neighborhood center’s Christmas Trees.

Mrs. Santa! Ron’s wife, Virginia Charette, behind her desk in the office.

Jolly Elf Kimberly Hastings, who works at SWNC, and SWNC super terrific volunteer Jose! They’re standing in front of the other two Christmas Trees decorating the center, located on Camp Street.

Here’s the Christmas Tree decorating the stage in the main hall area of SWNC, where the gifts were displayed.