December 21 2018,  Revere

Turning parking tickets into joy

Special to The Advocate

Air Cargo Club of New England members and Revere officials: Mayor Brian Arrigo, Ward 5 Councillor John Powers, Parking Director James Rose, School Committeeman Gerry Visconti, Jazmyne Charles-Balan, Katie Colleton, Nathanial Deknatel, Robyn D’Apolito, Nancy Martel.

This week, Mayor Brian Arrigo joined Parking Director James Rose to welcome social workers from the school district, who picked up the toys collected through the Mayor’s Toys for Tickets program to distribute to needy families and children in the school system before holiday break. The social workers spent the past month identifying the specific needs of children in the school system, and plan on distributing the toys just before holiday break.

Under the parking ticket amnesty program, residents who owed fines and fees for past unpaid parking violations were eligible for a waiver of up to $30 per individual ticket in exchange for a toy donation. As the program draws to an end on December 21, the City of Revere has been able to collect hundreds of toys to support needy children in the Revere community.

“It’s gratifying to see people respond to the opportunity to turn one of life’s little annoyances, such as a parking ticket, into an act of kindness for a child,” said Mayor Arrigo. “I want to especially thank the Air Cargo Club of New England for donating the toys collected at their annual holiday drive to our program.”

Mayor Arrigo plans to expand the program in 2019. “We hope that in the future this program can be expanded; we found that many people donated to this program even if they didn’t have a violation, so we see this as a chance to spread holiday spirit to many of our City’s children.”

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