For the kids COVID-19 has changed the world as we all know it. On Sunday Dec. 5, The Thirsty Beaver Hometown Pub and Grub with many kind members of the community hosted its annual For The Kids Toy Drive for Children in need. This annual event has proven
COVID-19 has changed the world as we all know it. On Sunday Dec. 5, The Thirsty Beaver Hometown Pub and Grub with many kind members of the community hosted its annual For The Kids Toy Drive for Children in need.
This annual event has proven to be one of the largest community toy drives throughout New England and could not be possible without the continued generosity of sponsors and members of the community. With the state currently on a pause and The Thirsty Beaver limited to only 33 percent of its capacity, the hosts were pleasantly surprised to see the outpouring of support while thousands of toys poured in both virtually and at this drive by drop off event.
The toys collected are distributed to organizations that have distribution systems in place to ensure the children receive the donated toys in time for the holidays right here in Rhode Island.
The host committee and sponsors of this year’s drive included Jacob Belt, Councilman Edward Brady, Councilwoman-elect Nicole Renzulli, Thirsty Beaver co-owner Justin Erickson, Katie Chabot and Body Rock Gym, Miss Teen Rhode Island Sofia Ledoux, Miss RI Jonet Nichelle, Anthony Barone, Mike Cirrillo, Taylor Swanson and Century 21, Tracy Hall, and many others.
The committee also tragically lost a crucial member and supporter unexpectedly this week. Every year, Adam Deciccio would help distribute toys to families throughout our veteran community. The committee has pledged to continue to collect for the veteran community in his honor moving forward and spread his positive spirit through continued giving.
A scholarship fund has been established by Adam’s family for his son, Gunner, who he tragically leaves behind. The organizers kindly ask any additional donations this year go to Gunner’s scholarship fund, which can be found at gofundme.com/f/deeds-not-words-for-gunner.
For more information on how to get involved next year, visit www.ForTheKidsToyDrive.com.