Bruins forward Daniel Paille
visited the program’s warehouse on Monday to help the Marines sort and organize toys.
“I think around the holidays you always want to go the extra mile and help out as much as you can,” Paille said. “Thanksgiving just passed and with Christmas around corner, everyone is about giving and it shows all the good spirits out there that want to help out everyday.”
Paille teamed up with Sergeant Jonathan Chan, who’s in his fourth year with the program
He is enjoying the time home to help with the foundation.
“There’s nothing wrong with being here and collecting toys for tots,” said Chan. “It’s a great thing we do in the Boston area.
"There are so many organizations that help us out – the Boston Bruins just being one of many."
In addition to donations from organizations such as the State police, Sullivan Tire and local fire departments, the general public has also made generous contributions and Paille was amazed by the collective effort.
“It’s been something unique that I’ll remember,” said the B's forward.
Paille’s visit kicks off the in-game collection, which will take place at every home game in December.
All Bruins fans that donate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win autographed memorabilia, including a team-signed jersey and stick, along with a photo and a puck.
“It’s a great time, we have to bring a box truck because people bring so many toys,” Chan said. “We’ll set up tables and drop boxes, and lockboxes to donate money. The people in the Boston area are so generous – we get a lot of toys.”
The drop-offs begin before Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and each collection will take place at the turnstiles at 6 p.m. The additional dates are Thursday, Dec. 8, Tuesday, Dec. 13, Monday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 23. ---Anthony Gulizia