Adeline’s toy drive a success

Adeline’s toy drive a success

Philip Giguere, left, with his parents, Lea and Marc Berard, in front of the pile of toys they collected for families in need at Adeline’s in Cumberland.

CUMBERLAND – Owners of Adeline’s Speakeasy Kitchen Bar at 2352 Mendon Road weren’t letting COVID get in the way of their annual toy drive, collecting 660 toys for people in need.

Owner Philip Giguere, originally from Woonsocket and now living in Cumberland, said he and his parents, Lea and Marc Berard, have been fighting through each phase of the pandemic to maintain their business. Though some customers expressed surprise that they were still running a toy drive in the middle of it, he said, they felt it was something they should still do.

“We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the customers in town,” he said.

This is the fourth year Adeline’s has run the toy drive, collecting items in the closed bar area this year. Toys were donated to the Millrace Kitchen in Woonsocket for Christmas Eve. They collected non-perishable snacks, personal hygiene products and gift cards.

Giguere also spent many hours donating and then cooking more than 20 turkeys, 10 hams and all the fixings for a Christmas Eve hot meal event to feed the homeless in Woonsocket.