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Grotonfest toy drive to benefit children of 9/11 first-responders

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GROTON — A toy drive for children of 9/11 first-responders is being sponsored by the Groton-Dunstable Bookmakers and Dreamers after-school club. The group is building the biggest book in the world with the topic of peace.

The toy drive is being held over the next few weeks in conjunction with the 9/11 first-responders who represent the FealGood Foundation, a group that advocates for sick and injured first-responders and their families. Members of the FealGood Foundation will be returning to Groton on Sept. 11 and will be sharing a booth with the Bookmakers and Dreamers at Grotonfest, the town’s annual festival.

The toy drive benefiting the children of 9/11 first-responders will provide for the distribution of the toys during the holiday season in December. Thousands of 9/11 first-responder heroes are gravely ill from the injuries they sustained during their rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero. Many are financially ruined because of their health and their inability to continue their careers and cannot afford presents for their children during the holiday season. Please stop by and visit, bring a toy or make a donation to benefit the children of these heroes.

Sheila Doherty, proprietor of the new Groton Toy Shoppe on Hollis Street, will also participate in the toy drive. Doherty is planning special promotions to coincide with the drive and her store will also serve as a drop-off location for the drive.

For more information about the store’s participation, visit www.grotontoyshoppe.com or stop in at 30B Hollis St. The hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For further information about the FealGood Foundation, visit www.fealgoodfoundation.com. For additional information about the Big Book: Pages for Peace Project or to contribute a letter to the giant book visit www.pagesforpeace.org and follow us on Facebook at “Big Book: Pages for Peace Foundation.”