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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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12 LINCOLN NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – Town employees are working to ensure that no Lincoln family is forgotten this holiday sea- son, regardless of their financial sta- tus. First, Lincoln is conducting its annual food drive to benefit the town's Holiday Basket program, which provides large baskets of food to Lincoln families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Collection bins for donated nonper- ishable food items and canned goods are located at every public school, the Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln Senior Center and Town Hall. Program administrator and Town Planner Al Ranaldi said the program is intended to make the holiday season a little brighter for Lincoln families who may be struggling with finances. "This simple act of kindness can change a challenging holiday time into a joyous and memorable holiday season for our neighbors," he said. Last year, the town-led effort fed nearly 220 local families for Thanksgiving. Peggy Weigner of the Planning Department said more than 200 have already signed up for Thanksgiving baskets this year, with Holiday Basket program, Giving Tree return to Town Hall By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer more on a waiting list. Town officials work with the Lincoln Housing Authority to help identify those who may benefit from the program, targeting those who receive or qualify for some sort of state social aid. The food baskets are filled with items to put together a Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, squash and a pie for dessert, as well as extra items such as peanut butter, soup, pasta, cereal and more. Those baskets will be distributed by volunteers at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road on Monday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. Round two of the effort begins before Christmas, when town employees and volunteers again overflow baskets with food items. At Christmastime, a Giving Tree also stands in the lobby of Town Hall, encouraging community mem- bers who pass through to consider helping a local family by anony- mously providing a Christmas gift or holiday basket. On Friday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m., volunteers will return to the Senior Center to pass out another 220-plus food baskets, along with Christmas gifts for families with chil- dren under age 14. Families receiving baskets do not have to step outside of their vehicles during the pick-up, as volunteers pro- vide drive-up service. People can help by donating non- perishable food items or "adopting" a family off the Giving Tree. People can bring a new children's gift (ages newborn to 14), unwrapped, and place it under the tree in the Town Hall lobby. In 2018, Lincoln supplied presents for 160 local children, including 77 boys and 83 girls. As of mid-November, more than 80 families were signed up to receive Christmas presents. "I expect there will be much more," Weigner said. Monetary donations can be made to the town of Lincoln Giving Tree program, or individuals and compa- nies may donate grocery store gift cards to help round out the holiday baskets. With questions on the program or where you can drop off food, call Weigner at 401-333-8431. BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD PEGGY WEIGNER, of the Lincoln Planning Department, stands near the Giving Tree at Town Hall. Saturday, November 16 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 15 Sumner Brown Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 Mount St. Rita Health Centre A Member of Covenant Health Join us for our annual Holiday Expo and Craft Fair •Vendors, Crafters •Food/Bake Sale •Gently-worn Costume Jewelry Sale •"White Elephant" Tables •Raffles Galore 299 PROMENADE ST. PROVIDENCE, RI PHONE 401.335.8242 STORE HOURS weekdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Holiday Spirit

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