Holiday Giving Helps Struggling Families
Children Benefit with a Brighter Holiday
Local businesses, faith-based organizations, and foundations generously donated to help make the holidays brighter for hundreds of low income children and families living in northern Rhode Island. Community Care Alliance (CCA) administered distribution of donations from our generous community partners who gave dollars, food baskets, toys, clothing, gift cards, special events and more. Here are just some of the ways community members came together to provide for those in need this holiday season:
The Providence Journal Holiday Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation awarded a $5000 grant to CCA to purchase and distribute needed toiletries, diapers, hats & gloves, socks, backpacks and bags for babies and teens. More than 115 children were served through this grant.
CCA coordinated the distribution of 510 food baskets for families in need. Baskets were provided by Salvation Army, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Joseph's Church, St. John the Baptist Church, First Assembly of God, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts, Mount St. Charles Academy, Woonsocket Elks Club, and Moo:US. The Blackstone Middle School boys basketball team helped distribute baskets.
The Woonsocket Rotary hosted the Annual Christmas Party for families in the Woonsocket Shelter and other CCA housing programs included a home cooked meal, gift cards, presents for children, 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 46 children and their families.
The New England Patriots Foundation provided an opportunity for 8 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 seventh year CCA youth have participated in this special event.
Several companies/organizations donated gifts and/or cards for more than 500 children who were not eligible for Adopt-a-Family due to age or geography. The Salvation Army, Bank RI, Swarovski N. America, Westrock Slatersville LLC, Amica, First Assembly of God, Five Below, Crate & Barrel (Cranston store) and Moo:US.
The Information Services Department at Care New England "adopted" 5 Residential Program sites, providing a generous donation of “wish list” items for 66 adult clients at CCA.
CCA processed over 961 applications for the local Adopt-a-Family Program that matches donors with children in need; over 1,957 Woonsocket children received holiday gifts/clothing through this program.
CCA extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to these generous partners who helped brighten the holidays for so many children and families.
More about our Holiday Giving Partners