Photo left to right: USMC Sgt Eric Lam, Somerville Lions Club President Gene Brune, Somerville Kiwanis Club President Rui Domingo’s, Somerville Rotary Club President Nancy Kavanogh , USMC Sgt Matthew P. LaRoche
By William Tauro
On Thursday afternoon the Somerville Kiwanis Club hosted their Annual Tri-Club Meeting with the Somerville Lions and Somerville Rotary Clubs to benefit the Toys For Tots foundation.
The Somerville High School Choir performed at the event and set the stage filling the room with festive holiday music sung by the students.
The event was held at the MT Vernon Restaurant in Somerville with dozens of club members that were asked to please bring a new unwrapped toy with them to the event.
United States Marine Corp Sergeant Matthew LaRoche and Sergeant Eric Lam of the USMC Toys for Tots unit also attended the event and accepted and collected all the donated unwrapped gifts that club members brought in with them to distribute to underprivileged children across the state for Christmas.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
Proceeds raised at the event will go toward Somerville Kiwanis Club charites that they support.