Vince Wiflork, star defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, made a stop over in Sharon this week.
Wilfork stopped by the South Main Street branch of Eastern Bank to film several TV spots promoting a partnership between Eastern Bank and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Campaign.
Starting Thursday, Eastern Bank's 94 offices began serving as official toy drop-off locations. Members of the public are encouraged to drop off new and unwrapped toys at any Eastern Bank branch through Monday, Dec. 17, according to a statement from Eastern Bank Thursday.
“I’m excited to team up with Eastern Bank and Toys for Tots,” Wilfork said in the statement. “I encourage all of my fans to visit an Eastern Bank branch and donate a toy – no gift is too small or too large.”
The TV advertisement features Wilfork and Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Richard Holbrook. Radio ads are also planned, as is a social media campaign with Facebook.
Eastern Bank is also asking residents to Tweet their Toys for Tots donations to @Wilfork75 and @EasternBank using the hashtag #easterntoys. Wilfork will then retweet as many photos as he can to his 121,000-plus followers. Residents are also encouraged to post a photo of their donation to Eastern Bank’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/EasternBank.