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Berwyn Township’s Holiday Cheer program identifies families who need help giving their children younger than 13 Christmas gifts and matches them with sponsors. Families in need are identified through the Berwyn schools, which provide information about the children’s genders, sizes and ages. The sponsors, who can remain anonymous or contact the families, purchase toys and clothing for the children. Last year, the Holiday Cheer program served 371 households.
Berwyn Township Supervisor Elizabeth Pechous said this program is based on the generosity of others to help those in need, and she encourages those who are able to support it.
“It helps kids understand that the holidays are about giving, not just getting,” she said. “Berwyn looks out for its neighbors. This program means that kids can have a Christmas that they might not have had without this program. The kids don’t often know about [the program], but the parents are so grateful.”
Many of the toys that are donated to the families come from Lovero’s annual Christmas Party, which is Dec. 8 at the Berwyn VFW. Admission to the party, which is open to the public, is free, but residents are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be given to the Holiday Cheer program.