Toy Fund: Nursing home, businesses help raise $907 through wreath sales

  • Florence Village Florist, one of 44 businesses to participate in Care One’s “Wreaths for a Reason,” helped raise over $900 for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Clayton & Canby Dental, one of 44 businesses to participate in Care One’s “Wreaths for a Reason,” helped raise over $900 for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Euphoria Float Spa, one of 44 businesses to participate in Care One’s “Wreaths for a Reason,” helped raise over $900 for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Herrell’s Ice Cream, one of 44 businesses to participate in Care One’s “Wreaths for a Reason,” helped raise over $900 for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • The Cedar Chest, one of 44 businesses to participate in Care One’s “Wreaths for a Reason,” helped raise over $900 for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/14/2018 3:12:48 PM

NORTHAMPTON — For the past three years, Care One has drummed up support for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund by raffling off wreaths decorated by local businesses. 

“Wreaths for a Reason,” a fundraising campaign by the Northampton nursing home, raised $907 this year for the toy fund drive that gives local families in need vouchers to buy gifts for children. 

Pamela Hodges, director of admissions and marketing at Care One, said that wreaths decorated by 44 businesses were displayed at the nursing home for two weeks, and many were coupled with gift cards to cafes, restaurants, and other local shops. 

This past Tuesday, Hodges said, “we invited the public and businesses that donated to come to the center and enjoy the raffling. We pulled the names of the winners and presented the wreaths during a great event.” 

In years past, Care One has typically has gotten anywhere between 20 to 30 businesses to participate in the fundraising drive, Hodges said. The number of businesses contributing this year is a sign the fundraising effort is growing. 

Hodges said Care One is always looking to contribute to the local community, noting that the organization supports the Hot Chocolate Run in Northampton along with the toy fund and other charity events. 

“We try to make it bigger and better every year because it’s for a great reason,” she said. 

Named after a former business manager at the Gazette, the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund began in 1933 to help families in need during the Depression. Today, the fund distributes vouchers worth $40 to families for each child from age 1 to 14. Eligible families must live in any Hampshire County community except Ware, or in the southern Franklin County towns of Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately, Shutesbury and Leverett.

Berkshire Children & Families at 220 Russell St., Suite 200 in Hadley, MA 01035, verifies families’ eligibility and the Gazette covers costs associated with the drive, freeing all donations to fund the vouchers.

The following stores are participating this year: A2Z Science and Learning Store, 57 King St., Northampton; Deals & Steals, 1 Pearl St., Northampton; Faces, 175 Main St. Northampton; JCPenney, 341 Russell St., Hadley (store only); The ToyBox, 201 N. Pleasant St., Amherst; Target, 367 Russell St. Hadley (store only); Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, 227 Russell St., Hadley; Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., Village Commons, South Hadley; Wilson’s Dept. Store, 258 Main St., Greenfield; World Eye Bookshop/Magical Child, 134 Main St., Greenfield.

Donations to the Toy Fund may be dropped off at or mailed to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, P.O. Box 299, Northampton, MA, 01061, or made through Gazettenet at www.gazettenet.com.

Checks should be made payable to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund.




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