Boston, MA – Dorchester-based IBEW Local 103 members, staff and family donated hundreds of toys to the 6th Annual Friends of Mayor Martin J. Walsh Holiday Toy Drive in time for Christmas.
The call for donations was sent out to members via social media, email, quarterly newsletter and more to gather hundreds of toys for the mayor’s charity initiative. Mayor Walsh started the annual toy drive during his first year in office in 2014, and all proceeds go directly to Boston area families in need.
“Every kid deserves their fair share of new toys during the holidays. It’s a magical time for them,” said IBEW Local 103 business manager/financial secretary, Lou Antonellis.
In addition to collecting toys from members, IBEW Local 103 also purchased new toys for the drive in order to contribute hundreds of donations and make a greater impact.
“Our members understand how fortunate we are for our union and for the security we have as members. We live, work and raise our families in this community, and we feel responsible for paying that forward any chance we get,” said Antonellis.
IBEW Local 103 Women’s Committee is currently collecting new hats, gloves and scarves (adult and children’s) to support local women’s shelters this winter.
“Thank you IBEW Local 103 for donating two truckloads of toys this morning to ensure every child can celebrate this holiday season,” said Mayor Walsh on Twitter.
“A lot of families are under a lot of pressure to spend outside of their means in order to give their children the holidays they deserve. For a lot of families, it’s simply not possible. It’s so important to come together as a community and make sure this time of year is special for everyone, and we’re happy to do our part,” added Antonellis.