Berwick Christmas Light Show Illuminates Toys for Tots!
Berwick, Maine: Every year, the Marine Corps Reserve collects new, unwrapped toys, books and other gifts and distributes those toys at Christmastime to children from some 700 communities covering all 50 states.
Here at home in the tri-city area, there are many toy drop-off locations inside local businesses. (Monetary donations can be made directly on the Toys for Tots website www.toysfortots.org) Toy donations will be picked up starting December 13th so that Toys for Tots volunteers can sort, wrap and deliver these gifts, so there is still time to donate if you can. In addition to donation sites at the Berwick Town Hall and the North Berwick Auto Center, there is another collection site that is well worth a visit.
Chuck and Pamela Bogdan have been creating large scale outdoor Christmas light displays since 1997. As you might well imagine, these displays have gotten bigger, better and brighter over the years.
Since their very first display 22 years ago, the Bogdan’s have also collected hundreds of pounds of food for the Food Cupboard maintained by the First Congregational of Rochester, New Hampshire. This year marks the fifth year the Bogdan’s have also collected toys for the Toys for Tots campaign and they are hoping to collect as many toys from now up until Christmas as they did in 2018.
In less than an hour of your time, you can make Christmas wishes come true, make a difference in the life of a young child and/or struggling family, and give your children a thrill, all at the same time! How? By taking a family trip to the Bogdan Family Christmas light display at the intersection of Rochester Street and Hubbard Road in Berwick. Arm your kids with a toy or book or a can or two of nonperishable food for them to donate, pull out the smart phone and make some memories. You’ll be glad you did because after all, “tis the season” and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a smile on the face of a child, most especially at this time of the year.