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Toy Drive Sets Record Thanks to Generous Brookline Community

Holidays are extra special this year for over 265 Brookline families thanks to the Brookline Holiday Toy and Gift Card Drive. Brookline Community Development Corporation (Brookline CDC) and the Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) worked together to collect over 600 toys for children living at BHA and subsidized housing between the ages of 0 – 14. A substantial grant from the Brookline Community Foundation and the generosity of countless Brookline community members made the holiday gift giving possible.

This successful toy drive was possible through BHA’s and Brookline CDC’s collaboration with the Town of Brookline and the following businesses and organizations who volunteered to host a toy drive drop box and encourage their networks to support the effort with toy and cash donations:

  • Eureka Puzzles
  • Henry Bear’s Park (provided an additional 15% off for toy donations)
  • Brookline Town Hall
  • Brookline Public Library (all 3 locations)
  • The Lincoln School PTO
  • The Driscoll School PTO
  • The Roland Hayes School PTO (formerly the Heath School)
  • The Runkle School PTO
  • Brookline Teen Center
  • Toys for Tots

“We are truly grateful to work with these organizations and the entire community to make the holidays happier for our neighbors,” said Brookline CDC board president Deborah Brown. She also stated that “the Brookline Community Foundation made the gift cards possible and has been a tremendous partner this holiday season and throughout the year”.

Brookline CDC was able to give gift cards to 265 families with children under the age of 17 because of a $30,000 grant from the Brookline Community Foundation’s Safety Net Fund and a $10,000 donation from the Brookline CDC. Ms. Brown pointed out that if the past is an indicator, many families will use the gift cards to pay for necessities like clothing, food and household essentials.

The distribution of the toys and gift cards began on December 13th and continues through the 23rd with holiday parties hosted at several Brookline Housing Authority developments along with the distribution of gift cards and toys to families that are not able to attend one of the parties at the Brookline CDC’s office at United Parish.

In addition to gift cards and gifts, Brookline Interactive Group took holiday photos with Santa and the PSB Brookline Literacy Partnership provided children’s activities with additional assistance from the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health. The Brookline Public Schools also had someone in attendance.

The Brookline Housing Authority and the Brookline Community Development Corporation are extremely grateful for all of the support for this effort from the Brookline community. Many of these families have financial needs throughout the year, so the need for support continues. People looking for ways to help Brookline families in need should visit Brookline CDC’s website at for ways to make donations.