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Giving back in Greenfield

  • Recorder Staff/Paul FranzHeather Taylor, member and volunteer peer leader at The RECOVER Project in Greenfield, with toys collected for a Christmas toy drive.

  • Heather Taylor, member and volunteer peer leader at The RECOVER Project in Greenfield with toys collected for a Christmas toy drive. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
*Archive Article*
GREENFIELD — Toys gathering dust could bring a smile to someone again, and a local group hopes they will.

The local addiction recovery group is hosting its second annual Giving Back in Greenfield toy drive, collecting new and gently used toys and books for families in need.

“I personally can remember waking up Christmas morning and for me in my house, we believed in Santa, and I woke up and my dreams were crushed because Santa didn’t come,” said organizer Heather Taylor. “No child deserves to be left behind, every child deserves to have a Christmas, have a holiday.”

The Athol resident is a member of the Greenfield peer-to-peer addiction recovery group The RECOVER Project, at 68 Federal St. She started the toy drive last year, following the lead of an unknown woman who collected toys and left them on Main Street the year prior. Taylor said last year’s drive brought in over 100 gifts, and 15 or 20 families came in for the open distribution. The drive revealed a gap, she said, and this year they are hoping to gather more gifts for teenagers.

The date remains to be determined, but sometime the week before Christmas families will be invited to come to the RECOVER Project to pick out a few gifts.

Donations can be dropped off at The RECOVER Project office, 68 Federal St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Taylor asks that if she is not there, donors inform the front desk the items are for Giving Back in Greenfield. Taylor can be reached through the RECOVER Project, at 413-774-5489, or through the Giving Back in Greenfield Facebook page.

As of last week, Taylor estimated they had already collected about 50 items.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: 
ccurtis@recorder.com 
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257