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Watertown Police Continue Sonny Whooley's Good Work

Volunteers bagged up toys so hundreds of children in Watertown can have Christmas gifts.

Dozens of black plastic bags were filled with games, dolls, and other toys in the Community Room at the Watertown Police Station today, bound for hundreds of needy children in Watertown.

The holiday gift program was started by John "Sonny" Whooley, a former Watertown Police sergeant. For the past 24 years, his colleagues have helped keep the late-Whooley's spirit of giving alive, said Detective Dave Collins.

Toys come from a variety of sources, including the Watertown Police Foundation, the Watertown Police Supervisors Association, the Watertown Firefighters Union, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Marine Corps League of Watertown, Watertown Savings Bank Employees, Strip T's, The Greater Boston Church, Sacred Heart Church, United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston "Doing for Others Group," The Halfway Cafe, G.M. Walsh Plumbing and Family, and other local businesses and Watertown citizens.

Toys donated to Toys for Tots come to the Whooley Foundation to give out to local families in need, Collins said.

beth robinson December 22, 2011 at 01:26 PM
We were the lucky recipients of this wonderful program several years back. My husband was battling cancer, and thus unemployed, and we had 3 young boys. I never found out how they got our name, but miraculously, a few days before Christmas, a giant bag filled with toys showed up on my doorstep! I cried. Thankfully, my husband recovered and we no longer need the assistance, but I will be forever greatful for the kindness of the citizens and police dept. of Watertown. Fondly--Beth & Paul, Patrick, Tommy, Cameron and now Celia Robinson

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