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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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34 CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY 2018 NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 | THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER Places to donate during this season of giving • Lincoln Town Hall, at 100 Old River Road, will accept unwrapped gifts for its Giving Tree until Friday, Dec. 14. Gift ideas will be printed on the tags attached to the tree for dif- ferent age brackets. These items can be toys, games, clothing or gift cards to various stores, movie theaters and restaurants. Though there are 20 tags for each age bracket, it does not mean there are 20 individuals receiving a gift. The tags serve as ideas for donors to work toward certain age brackets, and children may receive more than one item. Volunteers working on the Giving Tree will combine donated gifts for families who may have a younger child and a teenager in one home. Gifts are needed for all age brackets up to age 14. Town Hall will also accept nonper- ishable food donations for the holiday basket program until Friday, Dec. 14. Items such as pasta, peanut butter, beans, corn, cereal, soups, sauces and other canned goods are requested. Any leftover food that is not distribut- ed will be delivered to the Lime Rock Baptist Church food pantry. Town Hall hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, con- tact Albert Ranaldi at 401-333-8422 or email aranaldi@lincolnri.org . • The Cumberland Happy Basket Program has come together to ensure that families in need in Cumberland receive food baskets and toys over the holidays. Organizers are seeking donations of all kinds – time, food and financial contribu- tions to purchase necessary basket items. Donations can be dropped off at the Cumberland Senior Center through Dec. 13. Checks should be made payable to "The Happy Basket Program" and mailed to P.O. Box 7611; Cumberland, RI 02864. Anyone wishing to volunteer a few hours of their time in sorting dona- tions, wrapping gifts or assembling baskets at the Senior Center can call John Johnson at 401-487-1282. • YWCA Rhode Island, 514 Blackstone St., Woonsocket, will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs and other warm clothing, from Dec. 3 to Jan. 5, on a Mitten Tree. Donations will warm the hearts and hands of children in need this win- ter. Anyone in need of these items is welcome to take them. Donations can be brought to the front desk. Contributors are asked to leave labels/tags on for information regard- ing clothing materials and sizes. For more information, call 401-769-7450. • Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family solicits donors to "adopt" the wish list of a needy child from Woonsocket. Donors may purchase clothing items, toys and a stuffed stocking. Wrapped donations must be delivered to the Donation Center at the Elks Lodge, 380 Social St., Woonsocket. This year's Distribution Week will be held Dec. 10-14, at the Elks Lodge, 380 Social St., Woonsocket. Volunteers are needed to help pro- cess the gifts at the Elks' Hall. Time slots are available in four-hour incre- ments, Monday-Thursday, by using the link at www.woonsocketadopta- family.org . For any questions, contact Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family by email at woonsocketadoptafamily@gmail. com or leave a message at 401-766- 2291. • New Beginnings in Woonsocket serves lunch to those in need every Monday through Thursday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The group accepts everything from clothing, food, sup- plies, and services, to volunteers. To get involved, email newbeginning- skitchen@gmail.com or call 401-356- 4066. Monetary gifts to the kitchen are accepted and can be mailed to New Beginnings at 323 Rathbun St., Woonsocket, RI 02895 or P.O. Box 1555, Woonsocket RI 02895, or visit www.paypal.me/newbeginningskitch- en . • The North Smithfield Food Pantry provides groceries to those in need year-round from the basement of Slatersville Congregational Church. Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Green St., between 9 a.m. and noon. Donations are also at Town Hall, 1 Main St., during regular busi- ness hours. • Now in its 87th year, the Milk Fund is known as Woonsocket's favorite charity, with auctions and events held throughout the holiday season with the goal of providing nutrition to local children, working families and seniors. Auctions are held on 1240 WOON AM radio, during the Coffee An' program throughout December. For more information, call 401-766-0900. • Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry relies on donations and grants in order to continue operat- ing. Cash donations, monthly pledge donations, and directed food drives are its highest needs. Donations may be made by cash or check to: The Northern RI Food Pantry, PO Box 7833, Cumberland, RI 02864. If you would like an acknowledg- ment of your donation for tax pur- poses, include a request with your donation, or donate online at www. nrifoodpantry.org . • The Woonsocket Police Department is holding its toy drive, and new, unwrapped toys and dona- tions for children in need can be dropped off at the department's head- quarters at 242 Clinton St. • The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is now open for 2018-19 for those Rhode Island households experiencing finan- cial difficulty and in need of assis- tance with their energy bills. Rhode Islanders most often donate to the fund via the yellow donation enve- lopes that are enclosed with energy bills through the end of February. Those interested in donating to the fund can also text "WARM" to 91999 on their mobile phone, send a check payable to "Good Neighbor Energy Fund" to Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909-2459 or visit www.rhodeislandgoodneighbor. org . • Comprehensive Community Action Program announces its 2018 Adopt-a-Family program for the holidays. A $300 donation to the program adopts an entire family. Donations in other amounts are also appreciated. Make checks payable to Comprehensive Community Action and send to 311 Doric Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02910, attention Adopt-a-Family, before Dec. 14. Visit www.ComCap. org or call 401-467-9610. • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is seeking dona- tions of gently used clothing and small household items. Monetary donations will help raise funding to support BBBSOS's mentoring pro- grams for boys and girls throughout the state. Donated items can be dropped off at the Northern R.I. Donation Center, 1270 High St., Cumberland, Monday- Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for free home pickup. For more information, call 401-921- 2434 or visit www.bbbsos.org . • Keep the Heat On, a program administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, is raising money to benefit families struggling to pay their heating bills. Donations may be submitted by texting 'HEAT' to 27722 to donate $10 or 'HEATRI' to the same num- ber to donate $25. To mail a donation, send a check to Keep the Heat On, 1 Cathedral Square, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, or visit heatri.com . • U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys for children in need. Donations will be collected up to Dec. 14 at various locations throughout the state. For a drop-off location near you, visit visit toysfortots.org . • Operation Stand Down Rhode Island helps homeless and at-risk veterans obtain housing and other assistance, including health and wellness, employment and training, case management, and basic human needs. People interested in helping Operation Stand Down R.I. can help by donating nonperishable food items at its facility at 1010 Hartford Ave. in Johnston, where the organization operates a veteran's food pantry. OSDRI also accept toiletries, cloth- ing, and monetary donations. Gift cards for food and gas in the amounts of $10, $20 and $25 are also needed. The group can be reached at 401-383- 4730 or www.osdri.org . You can also donate online at that website. • Bank RI branches in Lincoln, Smithfield and Pawtucket are hold- ing the bank's annual Holiday Giving Tree program to help brighten the season for underprivileged children. During the effort, members of the community are invited to visit a branch and select an ornament from its Giving Tree, featuring the name, age and holiday wish of a child served by that branch's nonprofit partner. Folks may then grant that child's with by providing a gift, returning to their branch to place it beneath the tree prior to the December holiday. Gifts collected in Lincoln will ben- efit kids through Community Care Alliance; Pawtucket's gifts will go to children through Adoption RI; and Smithfield's gifts will help those served by Tri-County Community Action Agency.

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