Holiday Giving Partners

Goodie Bags from St. Joseph's School (see writeup below)

Hundreds of Area Children & Families Benefit from Holiday Giving

The tremendous generosity of foundations, faith-based organizations and businesses has helped make the holidays brighter for hundreds of low income children and families. 

Getting the food baskets to our distribution site took a lot of work! Thank you to our maintenance crew that did all the heavy lifting.

Holiday Food Baskets 
We got lots of help with delivery and distributing of food baskets that helped 510 local families enjoy a special meal with their loved ones during the holiday season. We couldn't have done it without the generous donations from the 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.

Thank you Woonsocket Rotary for providing a fun Christmas party at the Woonsocket Shelter. 
This is a lot of toys! Wendy Pires, our Coordinator of Events and Volunteers, does the coordinating, pickup, sorting and distributing of all the gifts and toys donated to our families.
The Woonsocket Rotary

Many thanks to the Woonsocket Rotary Club for providing such a fun party for 46 children living in the Woonsocket Shelter and other CCA housing programs. Sharon Contillo again donated and signed her book "The Little Christmas Ornament" for each family. The Woonsocket Fire Department transported Santa in style. A great time was had by all including the CCA staff who worked with Rotary members to make the party a success. 

These CCA kids got to hang out with the New England Patriots at the Gifts from the GridIron Event! For more photos visit our Facebook Album
Five thousand dollars from the Providence Journal Holiday Fund purchased practical items from the local businesses (Walmart pictured above) to help families with the extra spending of the 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. 

The New England Patriots Foundation Gifts from the GridIron Event
Patriots players and cheerleaders hosted some of our kids and helped them with a generous shopping spree at Bass Pro Shops. 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 that CCA youth were given this special opportunity. More photos

Staff at BankRI hand off gifts they donated to children not eligible for Adopt-a-Family through their Holiday Giving Tree Program.  

Local Business Partners
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. Donations were received from: 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. 

Case Manager, Brandon Biron, is ready to distribute the generous donation from Care New England that will put smiles on the faces of 66 of our clients living in residential programs.
St. Joseph's School in N. Grosvenardale, CT

Students, led by a CCA employee, made 115 goodie bags for clients in our Community Support Program. Receiving gift bags filled with gloves, hats, toiletries, and gift cards with special notes from the giver, was a special treat for people with long-term needs associated with their mental health.

Care New England
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. This "tradition" was started in 2009.

This program matches donors with children in need; over 1,957 Woonsocket children received holiday gifts/clothing through this program. CCA processed over 961 Adopt-a-Family applications this year.

The generosity this year is unbelievable."
—Wendy Pires, Coordinator of Events and Volunteers

We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to these generous partners who helped brighten the holidays for so many children and families.

—Ben Lessing, CEO

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