Giving is Still the Spirit of the Season
Generous Donors Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive
Wendy Pires, CCA Events and Volunteer Coordinator, coordinates the pickup and distribution of gifts, matching donations to children and families.
WOONSOCKET – Hundreds of low-income families will have less stress this holiday season after receiving food baskets, toys, clothing, personal care items, and gift cards from generous local businesses, faith-based organizations, and foundations. Community Care Alliance (CCA) administered the distribution of gifts and donations to eligible families living in northern Rhode Island.
CCA received 567 food baskets for Thanksgiving or Christmas to distribute to families in need from Salvation Army, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. John the Evangelist Church, First Assembly of God, Holy Trinity Church, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts, Mount St. Charles Academy, Woonsocket Elks Club, Moo:US, Northern RI Board of Realtors, The Call and the Boys and Girls Club of Woonsocket. Residents of our residential program put together 30 personal care kits to give to clients of our Community Support Programs
The Providence Journal Holiday Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation awarded a $2500 grant to CCA to purchase and distribute needed toiletries, diapers, hats & gloves, socks, backpacks and bags for babies and teens. More than 63 children were served through this grant.
The Woonsocket Rotary hosted the Annual Christmas Party for families in the Woonsocket Shelter and other CCA housing programs which included a reptile show, lunch, holiday treat bags, presents for children, pictures with Santa, music and other festivities. Sharon Contillo donated and signed her book “The Little Christmas Ornament” for each family. Santa arrived on a fire truck, courtesy of the Woonsocket Fire Department, a delight for the 52 children and their families.
The Salvation Army, BankRI, Swarovski N. America, Silgan, Amica, First Assembly of God, Five Below, Mutual of America, Province Mortgage Associates, and Moo:US donated clothes, gifts and/or cards for more than 500 children who were not eligible for Adopt-a-Family. Many of these donations were employee driven.
CCA processed over 900 applications for the local Adopt-a-Family program that matches donors with children in need; over 1,900 Woonsocket children received holiday gifts/clothing through this program.
Employees at Care New England "adopted" 5 CCA residential program sites, and generously fulfilled the wish lists of 62 residential clients, donating 207 items, including a flat screen television.
The New England Patriots Foundation provided an opportunity for 10 youth served in several of CCA’s programs to participate in their Gifts from the Gridiron holiday event. Each youth received a $400 gift card and was paired with a New England Patriot player or representative to shop for a winter coat, toys, and gifts for family members. This was the ninth year CCA youth have participated in this special event.