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Kids, seniors need help this season

As they did last year, Kim Holt and LEAP Arlington are running a holiday drive through Dec. 20 with the Housing Corporation of Arlington, the Arlington Public School System and the Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC).

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So far, they have identified more than 50 children and teens, most of whom have a single parent, who are at risk of having very little if anything for the holidays.

They have also identified about 50 senior citizens and another 35 persons with significant disabilities are at risk of being alone, and not having any gifts, this holiday season.

The majority of the families desperately need winter coats, boots, other shoes and clothes. They also need scarves, hats and gloves for the kids and the parents.

Most have no decorations or ways to make the holiday cheerful, and barely have enough food to get through a normal month. Seniors are in similar situations.

Those involved have asked the Chamber of Commerce to reach out to its members to ask for donations of gifts, toys, and gift certificates, wrapping paper, gift bags and grocery gift cards. As a longtime Chamber member, YourArlington is publishing this plea.

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Kim Holt at 781-219-7619 or kimkayholt at

New Chamber member, RB Ace Disposal, has kindly offered to be a drop-off location for this drive.

Chamber Executive Director Beth Locke says she will update this information as more arrives here >>

This plea was published Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. 

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