Give Back this Holiday Season

This holiday season, we have teamed up with  Citizens Bank proudly return with our 11th Annual Neighbors in Need! If you know someone struggling from these tough economic times, tell us their story. Throughout the month, Citizens Bank will give families $500  and make a $250 donation to Children’s Friend to help other Neighbors in Need. For our Neighbors with children, Hasbro will donate toys & games to make their season a little bit brighter. AND This year, each family will also get a special night out at Billy Gilman: Home for the Holidays on December 8 at The Dunk!

Looking for more ways to give back this Holiday Season?

Children’s Friend Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive, Providence (for their full-service area)
Annually Children’s Friend provides gifts of winter clothing and toys to 1,500 vulnerable young families. Sponsors shop for gift lists provided by the family. Staff personally deliver the gifts directly to the family in time for the holidays.  Online signup online.
Contact: Johanna Corcoran, 401-726-4328, or jcorcoran@cfsri.org.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Warm A CASA Kid Coat Drive, Providence
Organize a coat drive to benefit children/youth in the child welfare system.  Warm outerwear in sizes infant through adult, accompanying hats, scarves, and gloves/mittens, and gift cards to stores that sell outerwear are accepted. Posters with appropriate graphics are available upon request.
Contact: Cheryl Martone, 401-822-6706, cmartone@courts.ri.gov.

Child & Family RI Holiday Giving, Middletown
Information available online.  All gifts are wrapped with the child’s name on each. They also accept unwrapped generic gifts and gift certificates.  Drop off is Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 13 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm at 31 John Clarke Road, Middletown.
Contact: Development Office, 401-848-4150

Comprehensive Community Action Program Adopt-a-Family Program, Cranston
CCAP is looking for people to adopt a family. When you do so, they will provide you with the family’s wish list.  You can also make a monetary donation of $300 to adopt the entire family. All donations are due by December 14 at 311 Doric Avenue in Cranston.
Contact: Joanne Gregory, 401-562-8333 or jgregory@comcap.org.

Crossroads RI Holiday Giving Tree, Providence 
Crossroads has collected a list of items that are needed by the people they serve, ranging from toys, household items, and basic care needs. They have written the items on tags which are on their giving tree. Each tag contains one item.  Adopt the number of tags you want. Purchase the item(s) and return them to 160 Broad Street with the tag on it by December 21.
Contact: Damaris Molina, 401-277-4327 or dmolina@crossroadsri.org.

Foster Forward Day of Joy Holiday Gift Program, Pawtucket (Family Center)
Support youth who are involved in the foster care system in Rhode Island by purchasing holiday gifts. Items must be dropped off before December 13.
Contact: Diane Correira, 401-438-3900 x 203 or diane.correir@fosterforward.net.

Jonnycake Center of Westerly Adopt a Family Program, Westerly
Sign up to adopt a family for the holidays. Family wish lists have been developed and will be provided to the individual(s) adopting the family.
Contact: Social Services Department, 401-377-8069 x 101.

Toys for Tots, Marine Corps with Salvation Army
Hold an onsite toy drive to benefit children across the state.   Contact Sgt. Jake Lindsay at providencet4t@uwmc.mil.
Ask about the possibility to have Marines come to your site in uniform to pick up the toys.

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