The Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

Thank you to everyone who donated this year! Check back next December for Toyfund 2021!

About the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund provides certificates redeemable at participating local retailers to eligible families who can use them to buy holiday gifts at participating stores through Dec. 31, 2020.

Named after a former business manager at the Gazette, the fund began in 1933 to help families in need during the Depression. Today, the fund distributes vouchers worth $40 to families for each child from age 1 to 14. Eligible families must live in any Hampshire County community except Ware, or in the southern Franklin County towns of Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately, Shutesbury and Leverett.

18 Degrees Family Services for Western MA, 59 Interstate Dr, West Springfield, MA 01089, verifies families’ eligibility and the Gazette covers costs associated with the drive, freeing all donations to fund the vouchers.

The following stores are participating this year:

A2Z Science & Learning Store
57 King Street

Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters
227 Russell Street

The Toy Box
201 N. Pleasant Street

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 W Bay Rd, Amherst
Deals & Steals
1 Pearl Street

World Eye Bookshop &Magical Child Toy Store
134 Main Street

Deals & Steals
1 Pearl Street

Once Upon A Child
1458 Riverdale Street
West Springfield

High Five Books
141 N. Main Street

Blue Marble/Little Blue
150 Main Street, Level 1

Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
Village Commons
South Hadley

Holyoke Sporting Goods Co
1584 Dwight St # 1

Donations to the Toy Fund may be mailed to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, P.O. Box 299, Northampton, MA, 01061, or made through Gazettenet at

Checks should be made payable to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund.

To apply for Toy Fund benefits, click here