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Thirty Westford Girl Scouts in grades five through 12 spent Sunday afternoon sorting toys on behalf of Christmas in the City, a non-profit organization in Boston that distributes gifts to children in need.
The scouts, along with their leaders and parents, traveled to the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center, where they arranged thousands of items by age and type, then helped display them for parents, who were slated to come on Monday to select presents for their children.
“The volunteering was fun and well organized” said Westford Girl Scout leader Keirsten Seiger, who coordinated the scouts’ involvement. “I am always impressed and moved by the wonderful things they do for these families.”
Christmas in the City hosts a party for homeless families and those living in shelters each year on the Sunday before Christmas. On Monday, the organization gives out an additional 10,000 toys to low income families, who come to the Convention Center to pick out presents. This group of scouts worked after the party on Sunday to get gifts ready for the Monday event.
“It’s amazing how many toys they collect for everyone” said one of the girls. “How happy they must be!”
This is the second year in a row that a large group of Westford Girl Scouts have volunteered their time for this task.