Shrewsbury Electric & Cable Company provides residents with many of their utility needs, but did you know SELCO also provides holiday assistance to families in need?
For nearly 20 years employees have been collecting donations through Santa's Toy Box to give to St. Anne's Church for distribution to local families.
"It was a way for some of our employees to collect toys for the needy families in town,” Jackie Pratt, marketing and customer care manager at SELCO said. "Because our donations stay local we like to think this is a great way for people to help those in need around them."
Santa's Toy Chest isn't just for children’s toys. Pratt said they collect anything that could be useful for an infant through a teenager.
"Last year we had several people donate iTunes gift cards and an iPod. It's tougher for teens but we try to solicit anything we can," she said.
According to Pratt, donations are done this year, something that hurts even more after the theft from St. Anne's, and she said it might have to do with all of the charities around town seeking donations.
Residents who donate at the SELCO office will be given a free, energy efficient light bulb.
"It's not much, but it's our way of saying thank you," Pratt said.