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State Rep. James Arciero and Lowell Sun Managing Editor Tom Zuppa discuss Arciero’s annual Sun Santa/Toys for Tots Fundraiser on the set of From the Hill. This event is the largest, one night, fundraiser for the Lowell Sun Santa Fund, which raises money for families in need during the holiday season. The Marine Corp Toys for Tots program is also a beneficiary of this popular event, which last year drew more than 400 people to the Franco American Club in Westford.
“This is my favorite part of being a legislator and being involved in the community,” said Arciero. “I spend this time calling businesses and seeing how businesses can work with us to put together gift baskets; to see how they can donate and be part of this great and wonderful event. It’s interesting because it’s an opportunity for the community to come together.”
Last year more than $23,000 was raised for the Lowell Sun Santa Fund and more than $10,000 worth of toys were donated to the Toys for Tots program, according to Arciero and fundraising co-chair, Nancy Cook.
The Jim Arciero Sun Santa/Toys for Tots Fundraiser will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 at the Franco American Club, 55 West Prescott Street, Westford.