Elderly couple unable to drop off 22News Toys for Tots donation gets surprise visit

Franklin County

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – An elderly Franklin County couple found a way to get their donated toys to our 22News lobby in Chicopee.

John and Donna Shippee had purchased a railroad set and a lifelike doll online, but they were unable to drive from their home in Shelburne Falls to drop the gifts off at 22News.

Giving to Toys for Tots means so much to John Shippee who’s 92, and his wife who’s 83. “Donna and I, we wanted to contribute,” John said. “We don’t know how many more years we got, so we wanted to contribute as much as we could.”

This isn’t the first time the Shippee’s have donated to Toys for Tots. But they couldn’t make the drive this year. John had called to 22News to inquire if it’s possible to ship the gifts through UPS.

Donna said 22News relieved a great deal of their concern, by coming to her front door so their gifts could get here before the final donation date on Monday.

“Thank you, thank you so much for coming here,” she said. “It’s beautiful. I just love it. It’s wonderful that we could do this.”

Within an hour, the gifts the Shippee’s had purchased for children in need were delivered to the 22News lobby. John and Donna will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in less than a month.

22News Reporter Sy Becker talks with John and Donna Shippee of Shelburne Falls

PHOTOS: Toys for Tots

Through December 16, toy donors are welcome to the 22News lobby to bring gifts that children in western Massachusetts will treasure.

WATCH LIVE: Toys for Tots in the 22News lobby

Visit our lobby at 1 Broadcast Center in Chicopee to donate your new, unwrapped toys at any of the dates and times below:

  • 12/12 and 12/13: 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 12/14 and 12/15: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • Last Day is Monday 12/16: 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The deadline for families in need to sign up for this year’s Toys for Tots was November 16, 2019. 

All toy donations stay in western Massachusetts.

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