Students and staff from Dental Assisting and Culinary Arts
Diman student Kelsey Carreiro holds some of the 1000 toys that were donated to Citizens for Citizens (Herald News Photo/Dave Souza)
Chrystal Arpa thanks Diman students for the large donation of toys for Citizens for Citizens on 12/15/17 (Herald News Photo/Dave Souza)
FALL RIVER — The annual toy giveaway at Citizens for Citizens is a big deal, and not just because it’s a display of the Christmas spirit.
“We have about 4,000 people signed up,” said Chrystal Arpa, CFC community resources director.
Citizens for Citizens is Fall River’s anti-poverty agency. Its yearly toy distribution is a Fall River institution, while throughout the year it provides everything from a food bank, to help with heating expenses, to a variety of other services aimed at people who need a little help.
Four thousand people, all of whom signed up in advance, is a lot of people needing Christmas presents.
But Santa’s elves are everywhere and, Friday morning, the day before the toys would be given out, the elves showed up in a white van. On the side of it was the seal of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.
“We had a huge toy drive,” said Diman Dental Assistant instructor Jeannine Carreiro. “We collected over 1,000 toys.