Watertown’s Own Making a Difference

While all of us no doubt love opening presents, there’s something extra special about watching a child open a gift during the holidays - don’t you agree? It’s hard not to smile when you see that look of surprise and delight, especially if it’s something they were really wishing for (and if you’re not quite with us on this, we suggest you binge watch a few unboxing vids to get you in the spirit!).

Our own Watertown Police Department sure feels this way, which is why they founded The Whooley Foundation over 25 years ago. Named after the late John “Sonny” Whooley, who served Watertown as a Police Sergeant for over 30 years, the Whooley Foundation means to ensure that every child in Watertown has a present to open at the holiday time, regardless of their family’s ability to provide. Sergeant Whooley was known to have a soft spot for those less fortunate, and worked especially hard over the holidays to spread some cheer and make a difference in the broader community. 

Each year, the Foundation solicits unwrapped toys and monetary donations to distribute among needy local residents. Last year alone, the non-profit was able to assist over two hundred Watertown children and their families, while also contributing funds to the Watertown Food Pantry, as well as to an urban learning center.

Want to help out? Whooley has arranged for drop-off locations all over Watertown that are now accepting new, unwrapped toys -- including all Police Stations, Fire Stations, and Starbucks locations, as well as Strip-Ts and Porcini’s Restaurant. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted, and can be made on the foundation’s Crowdfunding Page.