AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Chamber of Commerce brightened the holidays for families in need by donating toys and games to Auburn Youth and Family Services last week.
At its holiday networking event at Pakachoag Church, the Auburn Chamber asked guests to bring an unwrapped gift that will go to Auburn Youth and Family Services for distribution to needy children in the area.
“Services that come out to help make a world of a difference,” said Donald Bourque, president of the Auburn Chamber. “And by the chamber stepping up and helping Auburn Youth and Family Services, it just makes a world of a difference to a kid. That may be the only gift that the kid gets and that person is going to be that kid’s Santa Claus that year.
“So that’s why we do what we do every year,” Bourque added. “It goes a long way and everyone in the community appreciates it.”
Sally D’Arcangelo, executive director of Auburn Youth and Family Services, was very thankful for the donations from the Auburn Chamber.
“We’re so lucky to be in Auburn, because there has been so much support coming in from all over,” D’Arcangelo said. “This is such a wonderful time of year, as so many people from the community come out to help us. We can’t thank them enough.”
There has been an outpouring of support for the agency this holiday season. Schools, churches, car dealerships, doctor offices, residents and groups have donated toys, games and food to the community organization.
The Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester performed a mini-concert at the holiday networking event. The student-musicians played selections from Beethoven, Chopin, von Weber and others.