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Tyler’s Aug. 20 veggie stand to benefit Children’s Hospital


By Lyn Giancotti


TOWNSEND — “I just wonder if all the money is gone that I raised last year, so I want to do it again,” said Tyler Dunbar, 7, of Townsend.

Last August, Tyler asked his parents, Sean and Dawn Dunbar, if he could sell vegetables from their own garden and donate the proceeds to children that didn’t have as much as he does.

Tyler used his grandparent’s driveway in Princeton, Mass., to put up a farmstand and sell his vegetables. In one day, he was able to raise $500.

A week after the fundraiser, Tyler and his parents hand-delivered the money to Children’s Hospital in Boston. Tyler received an oversized check to take home as a reminder of his kindness and generosity.

Tyler’s vegetable stand was featured on WBZ News, and Children’s Hospital included his accomplishment on a segment that aired on the Today show on Christmas Eve.

Tyler is eager to hold a second annual vegetable stand to benefit Children’s. This year, he will set up his veggie stand Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8 a.m. on the Townsend Common. Tyler’s goal is to raise one more dollar than last year.

This past Aug. 3, Tyler was included in a photo shoot at Children’s Hospital and will be featured on the Children’s Hospital website (

The Dunbar family believes Children’s Hospital is one of the best pediatric institutions in the world, that it gives hope to kids and their families by finding new ways to treat or cure a variety of diseases. The hospital takes care of everyone, even families that can’t afford the care.

Young Tyler has been busy weeding, watering and picking the vegetables for this event. Tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, hot peppers and corn donated by Honey Moon Farm in Lunenburg will be available for a donation.

This year, Tyler will also have a lemonade stand and his whole family, including his bother Brady, who is 3, and Hailey, almost 2, will be lending a hand. Children’s Hospital sent Tyler a whole setup kit, including banners, balloons, money pouches, lemonade stand stickers; they even sent him a back pack for school.

“Children’s has been very supportive, I hope he reaches his goal,” said Dawn.

“He’s a gem,” said Sean.

Sean said having the event in Townsend will be a positive experience for Tyler who will get to see his friends and feel the support of the community.

“I’m so excited to do it at a different place like Townsend,” voiced Tyler.

This energetic, young boy who loves to play tackle football, hockey and garden, has found his own way to give back, to help those in need.

For those who are unable to stop by the farmstand on Aug. 20, go to to make a donation to help Tyler reach his goal.

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