Dedham home to toy charity

December 2, 2012 by  

A Boston charity with a 200-year history of serving children and gathering up toys during the holiday season has temporarily relocated in Dedham.

The Home for Little Wanders, which has been located on South Huntington Avenue in Boston, has now been literally forced to wander and to relocate after 50 years at the location because the property was sold.

Home for Little Wanderers president and CEO Joan Wallace-Benjamin, who is also a Dedham resident, explained:

“It was just old and in disrepair and to renovate it and fix it was more than we could do.

“With quite a bit of sadness, we said ‘what could we do?’”

While the administration area, which handles the charity’s education, behavior counseling, foster, and adoption departments moved elsewhere, the toy drive or, more appropriately, ‘The Toy Room’, has set up shop in Legacy Place in Dedham – formerly the site of Borders Books. Volunteers enthusiastically gathered on November 21 to set up tables in preparation for the busy holiday season.

This season, more than ever, flyer and poster printing not only to advertise the toy drive but the new location of The Toy Room would likely be needed to help inform past donors of the new location in Dedham.

The Toy Room accepts donations of about 15,000 unwrapped children’s toys every year and distributes them in the community. It will operate from this location until December 21, and then until a permanent location can be found for all areas of The Home for Little Wanderers.