MBTA Celebrates 22nd Annual Fill-A-Bus with Gifts Event
Posted on December 9, 2022
The 22nd annual Fill-A-Bus with Gifts is sponsored by the MBTA and MassDOT with toys provided to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and Heading Home.
This year, MBTA and MassDOT employees donated the highest-ever toy count for the Fill-A-Bus gift drive.
MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak was today joined by T staff for the final stop of the 22nd annual Fill-A-Bus with Gifts holiday drive at the State Transportation Building in Boston. The holiday event allows MBTA and MassDOT employees to donate new gifts to children and teens in Greater Boston. An MBTA bus made stops at MBTA and MassDOT locations and facilities throughout the week, wrapping up its holiday route today.
“For 22 years, the MBTA has participated in the Fill-A-Bus with Gifts event, and I’m pleased and so grateful to witness the generosity of my colleagues here at the MBTA as well as our MassDOT, RMV, and Highway partners,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “This annual holiday event is especially meaningful because it’s employee-driven and an opportunity for employees to give back to our communities, sharing the holiday spirit with deserving children in Greater Boston. The toys and gifts donated this week will benefit our partner organizations at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and Heading Home, and I encourage folks to consider donating to these organizations online if they can, too. I again offer my thanks to MBTA and MassDOT employees for their donations, and I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.”
The T partners with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and Heading Home.
“On behalf of the Yawkey Club of Roxbury and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, we want to extend our thanks to the MBTA for making the holiday spirit come alive for our deserving members and families with toys and gifts this season,” said Andrea Swain, Vice-President of Program Operations at Boys & Girls Club of Boston.
This year, MBTA and MassDOT employees donated nearly 2,450 gifts – the highest-ever toy count for the Fill-A-Bus gift drive.
“Every December, the MBTA’s Fill-A-Bus makes over a dozen stops at MBTA garages, RMV locations, MassDOT Highway offices, and other locations,” said MBTA Graphics Design Manager David Wood, who has organized the Fill-A-Bus with Gifts event for the last five years. “Organizing the Fill-A-Bus with Gifts event is an opportunity to reach deep into our communities and give something back during the holiday season. It has been a joy to witness the kindness offered by so many of our Transportation peers at the MBTA and MassDOT in their gift giving, which benefits so many.”
“The MBTA is a service provider, and our riders depend on us to get them where they need to go safely and reliably,” said MBTA Bus Operator Mike Broderick, who drives the holiday bus route each year. “During the holidays, I enjoy doing more. It feels like I’m the one making the list and checking it twice for the kids.”