February 2, 2023

Seekonk Family Makes Christmas Happen For Doorways Clients


Three years ago, thirteen year old Kaylen McGovern was inspired to take action at Christmas to help Seekonk families in need, organizing a toy drive in her neighborhood. She created a flyer and enlisted her two younger sisters to help distribute them throughout her neighborhood. She collected over one hundred items which were distributed through the Doorways Food Pantry. The following year, she organized a toy drive again, yielding more than two hundred toys that brought joy to dozens of homes in our little town. This year Kaylen planned for the biggest and best toy drive yet, and the annual toy drive has become a Christmas tradition involving the entire McGovern clan, their extended family, their neighbors and friends. Kaylen’s mom, Jennifer, estimated that they had doubled the number of toys from last year’s total, and pronounced the whole experience had added depth to the family’s celebration of Christmas.

“It’s not just the kids who benefit from the toys”, said Doug Hayward of Doorways. “I have seen parents walk out of the toy distribution with tears streaming down their faces. No one wants to see their kid go without at Christmas, and the joy and relief on their faces is a wonder to behold.” On behalf of our clients, Doorways thanks the McGovern family and all the generous people who donated to the toy drive.


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