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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-2019

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84 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Donate to a Military Family – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. You can say thanks and show support to their sacrifices by sup- porting a notable charity who distributes your donations responsibly to those in need. If you're unsure how to go about finding an organization and the right way to donate, here are a few charities to consider. OPERATION HELP A HERO This organization offers all-around support for serving military members, veterans and their families. A part of their mission is to connect with servicemen and servicewomen year-round. Around the holidays, Operation Christmas Spirit is their unique way to offer relief, gifts and support throughout the season. Their website makes it easy to do your part in supporting their cause and the military. Whether you make a financial donation or volun- teer your time to operate a charity event or coordinate a gathering, the organization is always in need of volunteers. SOLDIER'S ANGELS This nonprofit group provides comfort to military members through numerous charities. Two of their holiday focused chapters include: Adopt-A-Family offers gifts for military children and provide par- ents with grocery store gift cards to create a delicious holiday meal. Holiday Community members coordinate the sending of cards, letters and stockings to service troops and veterans. According to the organization, donations have helped contribute to these impressive statistics. • More than 120,000 items provided to veterans at their VA Medical facilities in 2017. • 851,000 care packages sent to deployed service members over the last 15 years. • More than 22,000 veterans were provided with food assistance throughout the country in 2017. TOYS FOR TOTS Established in 1947, the Toys for Tots program was developed by Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Bill Hendricks, whose wife handcrafted dolls to give to children in need. Hendricks was unable to find an agency to help distribute the toys, so they decided to start their own service. Today, the Marine Toys for Tots Program is attributed to distributing an average of over 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually. Donating to the cause is easy, as most businesses participate in collecting gifts over the holidays. If you can't find a donation center in your area, urge local companies to take part in the giving tradition. Some of the most honorable citizens in the country struggle financially to give their families the holiday celebration they deserve. NOV-14-2019-GIFT-CL-Laura.indd 84 11/4/19 8:30 AM

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