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DiDomenico Foundation raises more than $23K for annual Toy Drive

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  Another hugely successful DiDomenico Foundation Toy Drive took place last Thursday at Kowloon in Saugus. The Foundation purchased more than $23,000 in toys through the generosity of many friends and supporters. In addition, hundreds of toys were also brought to the event.  The room was bursting with toys highlighted by the amazing wall of toys in the front of the room.

  “We want to thank everyone who made our toy drive the largest one we have ever had,” said State Senator Sal DiDomenico. “Our main focus has always been to increase the number of toys we have purchased and collected to ensure that we make the holidays a little brighter for thousands of children in our communities. This year we filled four U-Haul trucks! We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and for our amazing group of friends who volunteer each year.”

  The Foundation’s Toy Drive is one of the largest of its kind in the area, and it is supported by countless members of the community: from small business owners to the Kowloon, which hosted the event; Everett Hardware and U-Haul Boston, for the trucks to transport the toys; radio personality Hank Morse; entertainment guru Fred Balboni; and so many people in the community who contributed to the success of this event.

The DiDomenico Foundation recently purchased more than $23,000 in toys for the Foundation’s annual Toy Drive. (Courtesy Photo)
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The stack of toys amounted to the thousands.
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Event organizer Sal DiDomenico thanks the elves who shopped for toys.
Santa arrives to greet Senator Sal DiDomenico, the event organizer.
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In front, Chelsea School Committee Member Rose Marie Carlise and Almi Abeyta. In back, Myrlande Desrosiers, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, Disc Jockey Hank Morse, State Rep. Jessica Giannino, Ward 6 School Committee Member-Elect Michael McLaughlin and resident Roger Thistle.
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Resident Katy Rogers and Ward 6 School Committee Member-Elect Michael McLaughlin.
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Shown from left to right: Margey Beckwitz, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, Tricia DiDomenico and State Rep. Joseph McGonagle.
State Rep. Jessica Giannino with Bill Berardino, who is the Vice President of Boston Carmen 589 Union.
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Pictured from left to right: Jeanne Cristiano, State Senator Diana DiZoglio and John Cristiano.
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Everett Facilities staff worker Asima Memic, incoming Councillor-At-Large Irene Cardillo with her husband, Paul Cardillo.
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DiDomenico Foundation members, pictured from left to right: Patricia Cheever, Rosalie Eliseo, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, President Tricia DiDomenico, Marie DiDomenico, Roger Thistle, Richard Eliseo, Councillor-at-Large Richard Dell Isola, Daniel Skeritt, Michael Mangan and Brendan Mangan.
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Everett High School Marching Band members, pictured from left to right: Shawn Shiek, who serves as Class President, Moses Herrera, who plays varsity soccer, and John Perkins, who is in the marching band.
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Everett Haitian Community Center team members, pictured from left to right: Ydeslaure Leonard, Evemarie Chales and Rev. Myrlande Desrosiers.
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State Senator Sal DiDomenico and his family during last Thursday night’s DiDomenico Foundation toy drive at Kowloon.
Helping to purchase toys across multiple stores were Councillor-at-Large Richard Dell Isola and his wife Lisa.
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David Eastmond with Zion Church Ministries Bishop Robert Brown and David Skeritt.

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