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Toy Fund 2013
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Toy Fund generosity honored, as ever, in verse

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, by tradition, we close our series of stories on this year’s Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund campaign with a bit of verse. Hurtling toward Christmas, we try to avoid the Scrooges and the Grinches; Within ourselves, we try to ignite the Glindas and Atticus Finches. On Christmas Eve, we settle down and revel in the myth That …

Donations from area employees help boost Gazette’s annual Toy Fund drive

Friday, December 20, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The way Paula Cialek sees it, “Christmas is for kids.” Cialek, who collects donations from co-workers at L-3 KEO (formerly Kollmorgen) for the Gazette’s Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund, starts sending out emails in late November “and the money just starts flowing in,” she said. This year, the nearly 300 employees of the optical systems company ponied up for a donation …

With losses fresh, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund donors think of others

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Very often, donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund arrive in memory of people whose loved ones miss them deeply. Sometimes the losses are so fresh, sadness permeates the notes they write. The grief is almost audible in conversations with them. Ten days before the first anniversary of the death …

Toy Fund: City woman gives back in honor of help she received

Monday, December 16, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — At its best, Christmas is a time for celebration and for being with family — but it can also be a time for reflecting on the past and remembering other important people in your life. For Mecaye Santos of Northampton, Christmas is also a time to …

Toy Fund donation, dancing among enduring bonds for Purple Stars

Friday, December 13, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — “What we radiate is enthusiasm,” is the way Peggy Meehan described the Purple Stars in a story that ran in Hampshire Life magazine back in 1997. Meehan, of Northampton, was part of the line dancing group …

Toy Fund: Trivia group’s tradition of giving endures

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Everyone knows the holidays are filled with traditions, and the same goes for many of the donations that arrive each year to support the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. One toy fund tradition that remains strong …

Teacher at International Language Institute in Northampton helps her students by donating to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

Monday, December 9, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Betsy Rider said that when she reads stories about the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund, she is intrigued by how personally they describe the donors. Rider, 53, who lives in Northampton, said she never thought much about the people who benefit from the fund until she …

Northampton firefighters continue long-held tradition of Toy Fund donation

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton firefighters union continues its tradition to donating to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund despite the extra expenses its members have borne during the last three years to settle a contract dispute with the …

Jonathan Neumann, Michael O’Brien team up for comedy show to benefit Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

Thursday, November 28, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Over the past decade, Jonathan Neumann, owner of JJ’s Tavern in Florence, has organized a wide range of fundraisers for all manner of good causes: golf tournaments, moustache-growing contests and benefits at the bar to raise …

Elite choir concert Dec. 14 in Northampton to benefit Toy Fund

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — When choral director Tony Thornton started working with Northampton singer William “Brit” Albritton to form a choir this spring, he was looking to create a group of advanced singers who made it through rigorous auditions. But …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund helping families in need for 81st year

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The calls began coming in September, parents starting to think about the holiday season, wondering whether the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund would be lending a hand again this year. The answer is yes. The Gazette-sponsored Sidney F. …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund helping families in need for 81st year

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The calls began coming in September, parents starting to think about the holiday season, wondering whether the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund would be lending a hand again this year. The answer is yes. The Gazette-sponsored …