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Warm the Children: Lumber liquidator

  • Instructor Mikele Deziell breaks multiple boards held by Youn Sung Kim, front, and Ed Patenaude, with a flying side-kick during the annual “break-athon” fundraiser for Warm the Children at the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center on Saturday in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Master Instructor John Iverson assists 8-year-old Zack Constantine with his technique on breaking boards held by Youn Sung Kim during the annual “break-athon” fundraiser. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Tobe Reade breaks a stack of boards during the annual “break-athon” fundraiser for Warm the Children at the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Students of the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center fill bags with the leftover broken boards to be sold as kindling during the annual “break-athon” fundraiser for Warm the Children on Saturday in Greenfield. This year, they raised about $4,000 from the event. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Nick DeJoy boards with a flying side-kick held by Youn Sung Kim, front, and Ed Patenaude, during the annual "break-athon" fundraiser for Warm the Children at the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Broken boards pile up during the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center’s annual “break-athon” fundraiser for Warm the Children on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Ari Chatterton, 9, breaks a board with a side-kick held by Aubrey LeDoyt, 12, during the annual “break-athon” fundraiser for Warm the Children at the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center on Saturday in Greenfield. Below, right: The fruits of their labors. RECORDER STAFF Photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Members of the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center pose around the pile of boards that were broken during the annual “break-athon” fundraiser for Warm the Children on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Monday, November 27, 2017

Editor’s note: This is another installment of weekly stories about the Greenfield Recorder’s annual Warm the Children charity. Learn about those who benefit and those who make it happen.

GREENFIELD — For 15 years now, Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center has broken boards to open doors for children in the area.

David Johnson’s Federal Street center has been in business for about four decades and in the past 15 years his students have raised about $81,000 through an annual Break-athon that benefits Warm the Children, the drive to help keep children in the county warm during the winter months.

“It’s our way to try to give something back to the community and to give back something to local kids,” Johnson said.

This month, the center held its 15th annual Break-athon, raising about $4,000 by having people sponsor students who were breaking boards with various techniques. The center then sells the wood kindling after the event for Warm the Children. The center also raises money at the Great Falls Festival through face painting and 50-50 raffles.

About Warm the Children

Recipients who partake in Warm the Children are selected by Community Action, a nonprofit that helps support lower-income families. Wilson’s provides clothing racks and purchases the clothing with the donations, and The Recorder, which created the charity locally, spearheads the fundraising efforts. Together, they operate a store over three days in the fall, which this year happened in September. Now the Recorder is encouraging the community to raise money again, for next year’s winter clothes.

The main fundraising drive begins in September with the clothes from last year’s funds given out well ahead of the winter season. A thousand children get about $80 to $100 worth of clothing each, including items like a winter coat, a fleece sweatshirt, underwear, socks and thermal underwear.

Dec. 31 is the deadline for the fundraising campaign, though The Recorder accepts donations all year.

How to donate

To donate to Warm the Children, send a check to: Warm the Children, c/o The Recorder, P.O. Box 1367, Greenfield, MA 01302. New clothing may also be dropped at The Greenfield Recorder, at 14 Hope St., any time.

If you would like to publicize information about fundraisers or share a story, call Joshua Solomon at the Greenfield Recorder at 413-772-0261, ext. 264 or by email: jsolomon@recorder.com