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      Blog :: 12-2010

      A Toys for Tots Good Samaritan

      Recently the main storage area for Toys for Tots in Burlington, MA was broken into and approximately $15,000 worth of toys were stolen. As a result, the State Police have gotten involved, not only in the investigation of this case, but in acting the part of Good Samaritans for the Toys for Tots campaign.

      Our office has been the recipient of such a gesture. We have gratefully accepted your many generous donations of toys for needy children but have had difficulty getting them to the police barracks in Framingham where they are now being taken. A simple phone call brought a man in blue to our office to pick up 10 bags of toys that had been recently dropped off. Quoting our office manager, "yesterday a very handsome state police officer came and took our remaining Toys for Tots.  Because of the Pod robbery they extended the drop off date.  I had explained that I could not get to Framingham so asked if the route 9 state policeman of the day could come here and he did and was a true gentleman, he took 10 bags worth of just dropped off toys.  It was a kind gesture on the state police's part!"

      Kudos to the officer for picking up the toys, and kudos to all of you, for your generous contributions to this worthy cause.

      Scenes from our decorated windows, and an apology

      We apologize for the incorrect date for the Luminary Night as advertised in our weekly ad in the Wellesley Townsman. The event actually took place on Sunday, December 5 and it was a great success. The Townsman editorial page gave it a "thumbs up" saying, "The luminaries are a relatively new tradition, one that began in one neighborhood four years ago and rapidly spread to others."

      For those who are unfamiliar with Luminary Night, participants purchase a luminary set from the Junior Women's Club that supports organizations such as the Wellesley Friendly Aid. The luminary set consists of a paper lantern that you would place at the end of your driveway. On the night of the Luminaries, people travel throughout Wellesley  neighborhoods, following the lanterns. It's a lovely sight and a great community effort to raise money for the needy. Kudos to all those who participate and support this rapidly growing new tradition!

      Speaking of tradition, Rutledge Properties has a long standing tradition of supporting the Toys for Tots campaign by the United States Marine Corp. We are collecting toys right through next week - be sure and bring a brand new, unwrapped toy and we will make sure it gets to Toys for Tots. Thank you for your support!

      We hope as you stroll downtown either during the day or night, that you will stop by our windows to see the lovely Gingerbread Village made by children of our brokers last Sunday. These yummy and tempting gingerbread houses create an entire village, surrounded by an antique train that still runs!

      In our other window, we have a full Christmas village complete with lighted houses! Each window has a beautifully decorated tree. Here are pictures of our decorations:[gallery columns="2"]

      Our Toys for Tots drive has begun!

      You can play Santa Claus this season by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy or a contribution check for the U.S. Marine Corps. TOYS FOR TOTS campaign at our office in the heart of Wellesley Square at 572 Washington Street (get directions here). Our windows are decorated and gifts for Toys for Tots are already coming in. Here's some pictures of our display (which, after next weekend, will include gingerbread houses created by children of our brokers).

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      We look forward to sharing our holiday cheer with you!