LEE -- The 54th annual Laliberte Toy Fund drive has overwhelmingly surpassed its $5,000 thanks to $2,585 in donations the last full week before Christmas.

While toy fund organizers had already bought and delivered gifts for 41 Lee-area children in 21 families prior to the latest contributions, they plan to roll over any unspent money toward next year’s fundraising campaign.

The holiday charity was established in 1958 by the late Edward Laliberte, a longtime Lee Police officer, Laliberte began the fund by initially repairing toys in his garage and then distributing them to disadvantaged youths. As demand grew for the toys, he began to accept donations from the public. The fund was renamed in his honor following his death in the 1980s.

Donations are still being accepted until New Year’s Day and can be given in two categories: "In lieu of cards" or "In memory of loved ones," and mailed to the Laliberte Toy Fund, P.O. Box 559, Lee, MA 01238, or dropped off at any Lee bank location.

Today’s gifts

In memory of:

Forever in Our Hearts, Lynne, Barry, Mom, Dad, Noni, Michael, Rita & Renee $40

Our Parents, Jane Toomey and Bill Noonan, love Donna and Jim Toomey 50

Melissa Bona, Love, Shannon, Kayla and Laura Toomey 25

In Loving Memory of our baby Son and
our parents, from George & Barbara Danalis 50

Edward Thomas Sr., 96; Edward Thomas Jr., 93; Edward Thomas IV, 21, from Edward "Cookie" Thomas III, "Pushing 80" 20

Charlie & Bill Fresia and Larry Griffin,
From the Hartes 20

My sister, Courtney Prew, Love
Christopher 10

Our daughter, Courtney Prew, Love, Mom
& Dad 10

Dad, Mom and Billy Prew, Grammy and Grandpa Gangell, Noni and Nono Bartini, Aunt Leah and Uncle Milt Gangell,
Grandma Derado, Andy Bartini, Harvey Keenan, Sarah Carlino, Uncle Bill Fromma, Billy Gangell and Vanessa Stone, Love, Deb, Jim, Christopher and Kristie 10

Deceased members of the Stephens and Lindsay Families, from Dick, Carla,
Alex and Zach 50

W. Francis & Anna Shields from the
Shields Family 200

"Mimi" Furgal, Love from Lena, Lydia,
Jenna & Ella 25

Knud & Gertrud Laursen from The Shields Family 200

Jack & Jane Fitzpatrick from the Shields
Family 200

The Hannon Family from Robert & Janice
Phillips 20

Barbara Biasin from her loving Family 20

All our deceased family members, Love
Dick & Barb Wheeler 25

Gordon Leeman from the Evening Star
Lodge A.F. & A.M. 100

Our "Little Margie," love, Reno, Laurie,
Tom & Daulton 25

In loving memory of Christopher Laudon,
from Mom, Dad and Family 20

Jesse Townsend from Kathy & Shadow
and the Townsend Family 50

Bernice "Blue Jay" Sohl from the
Townsend Family 25

Gerald Hickey and Eric Sparks from
The Family 100

Gramma Ryan, I love you, Erica Lynn 32

Gramma Ryan, I miss you, Madison
Alisabeth 18

Harry Buffoni , Love, Mom, Jo-Ann, Jean, Paul, Brian and Maggie 25

The Sullivan Family, Paul, Mary, Tom &
John from T.K. 25

George Capitanio From Domenic 20

Our daughter, Katy Beth Curtin Murphy,
Love Dad & Mom 15

My Mom, Katy Beth Curtin Murphy, from Shawn Patrick 15

A very special brother-in-law and Uncle,
Joseph U. Abderhalden III, from Nate, Maria, Amy, David and Families 50

In loving memory of George Bartini 25

In loving memory of Ray LaGrant 25

My Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Anthony (Cookie) Serra, from Cris Raymond 100

Our Dad, George Allen, From Barbara &
Bob Dunn 25

In lieu of Christmas Cards:

Patrick Flynn 35


Terry & Mike McDermott 25

The Turkey Trot Road Races 100

Philip & Kathleen Smith 50

The Students and Staff at Lee Elementary School 225

The Ladies of the Book 150

Andrew & Marcia Powdermaker 25

Anonymous 25

Merry Christmas:

Duffin Carpentry 100

From the "Cookie Walkers" 110

Tom & Marianne Ashe & Family 20

Art & Anne Mack 25

Dick & Barb Wheeler 25

Today’s total: $2,585

Total to date: $7,315

Over goal: $2,315