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‘I like to make them happy’: 10-year-old girl explains Toy Fund donation



Staff Writer
Monday, November 26, 2018

WILLIAMSBURG — Every year, Sarah Hultman saves up a bit of her allowance for the holidays so she can donate to causes she believes in.

For the past five years, Sarah, now 10, has donated anything from $20 to $30 to The Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund, as well as other organizations such as the Humane Society and the Northampton Survival Center.

“I like to help other kids and I like to make them happy,” Sarah, of Williamsburg, said. “I donate money to help animals, too. I like to help everyone and everything.”

By donating to the Toy Fund, now in its 86th year, Sarah joins in a tradition begun by her late grandfather George Munroe in the 1980s, and carried on by his wife, Henrietta, and their daughter Laurie Hultman.

“We always liked kids, and we want to help out those who don’t have as much,” said Henrietta Munroe, who also donates in memory of her late daughter, Heather Huntley.

George Munroe taught biology at Hampshire Regional High School and Henrietta said she is “thrilled” to see Sarah contributing to the Toy Fund.

“I am very proud of her finding good causes to give money to, helping other kids and animals,” Sarah’s mother, Laurie, said. “It’s a diversity of different causes.”

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.

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com.