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The Village Bank partners with City for 7th Annual Holiday Gift Drive

For the seventh consecutive year, The Village Bank will partner with the City of Newton Department of Health and Human Services for the annual Holiday Gift Drive, to help brighten the holidays for deserving Newton children.

The Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and organizations to play an active role in the Holiday Gift Drive through donations of gift certificates and new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10.

The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton will serve as Holiday Gift Drive collection sites. Donations will be accepted from November 17 through December 15.

Suggested gifts include age-appropriate books, CDs and DVDs, clothing, games, sporting goods, and toys. The donation of gift certificates purchased from local merchants will also benefit businesses in the community.

According to Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, last year’s Holiday Gift Drive touched more than 200 local families. “The Holiday Gift Drive is a perfect example of community spirit,” said De Vito. “The success of this campaign each year defines who we are as individuals, as residents, and as a City that cares.”

Linda Walsh, interim commissioner of Health and Human Services, said that every income-eligible family that applied last year was provided with age- and gender-appropriate gifts, thanks to the generosity of those who donated to the Holiday Gift Drive and the many organizations and businesses that also took part.