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The Arlington Housing Authority (AHA) brought some pre-Christmas cheer to the littlest residents of its Menotomy Manor facility.

AHA officials plus personnel of the Arlington police and fire departments helped bring presents for 137 children residing in the housing project for low-income families near Thompson School in East Arlington.

Standing, from left: Capt. Richard Flynn (APD), officer Joseph Canniff (APD), firefighter Brian Sweeney (AFD), Lt. Rob Paone (AFD) and firefighter Justin Brown (AFD). Sitting next to Santa (AHA's Nemesio Braz) is officer Bryan White (APD).Standing, from left: Capt. Richard Flynn (APD), officer Joseph Canniff (APD), firefighter Brian Sweeney (AFD), Lt. Rob Paone (AFD) and firefighter Justin Brown (AFD). Sitting next to Santa (AHA's Nemesio Braz) is officer Bryan White (APD).

According to AHA Executive Director Jack Nagle, the gifts were provided by the Toys for Tots donation drive, the Arlington Elks and Park Avenue Congregational Church.

The officers and firefighters also provided an escort so that Santa himself was able to drop off the presents for the awaiting kids.

Each child under the age of 12 got a gift. The items included Legos, dolls, and science and art kits, as well as infant and toddler toys. Additionally, each child was able to choose a book. As well, organizers supplied gingerbread and other traditional holiday treats to the children attending.

Gifts await distribution to local youngsters.Gifts await distribution to local youngsters.“The Arlington Housing Authority is very grateful for the donations it received from Toys for Tots, Park Avenue Congregational Church, TJX [which donated the gift bags], Arlington Elks and others, as well as to the AHA staff that made this happen," Nagle wrote in an email to YourArlington. “We are also thankful to the Arlington Police Department, Arlington Fire Department and Santa for their help bringing this great event to the residents of Menotomy Manor.”

Said APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn via email.“The Arlington Police Department is proud to partner with the Arlington Housing Authority and Arlington Fire Department for such a fantastic event. It’s a pleasure to help bring holiday cheer to the children and families of Menotomy Manor,” 

According to its website, “The Arlington Housing Authority operates several housing assistance programs, which provide direct housing in government-owned developments or subsidized housing in privately owned dwellings for persons of low or very low income.” 

Gifts were bestowed Thursday, Dec. 14.

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This news announcement was published Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, based on information from Jack Nagle, executive director of the Arlington Housing Authority, and Captain Richard Flynn, public information officer of the Arlington Police Department.