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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-21-2019

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6 NORTH COUNTY NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION $60. People can sponsor one or multiple families, Grebien said. If interested in volunteer- ing or donating items, contact Herb Weiss, city economic and cultural affairs officer, at hweiss@pawtucketri.com or 401-728-0500, ext. 437. The drive is all about "neighbors helping neigh- bors," she said. "You don't know really what's going on in the house next door. … I love it that Pawtucket people come together to help other Pawtucket residents." • The Little Sisters of the Poor is hosting its annual Turkey Drop and is asking for donations of a frozen turkey through Saturday, Nov. 23. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, 964 Main St. in Pawtucket between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information or to make special arrangements, call 401-723-4314. While the Little Sisters don't need volunteers for Thanksgiving, those interest- ed in volunteering for future opportunities can contact the volunteer coordinator by call- ing 401-723-4314 or emailing pwvol@littlesistersofthepoor. org . • Donations are also needed at the Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center, 75 Benefit St. in Pawtucket. To help, call 401-724-7170 or email bvefc1@gmail.com . Cumberland Volunteers are needed to help assemble Cumberland Happy Baskets on Thursday, Nov. 21, starting at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Senior Center. There are other vol- unteer opportunities on Nov. 25, Dec. 12, Dec. 14, and Dec. 16. The Happy Baskets pro- gram, in its 28th year, distrib- utes food baskets and toys during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and has distributed close to 15,000 baskets over the past 27 years. The team hopes to distribute more than 700 baskets this year in the Cumberland area. Anyone who wants to volunteer by sorting dona- tions, wrapping gifts and assembling baskets can call John Johnson at 401-487-1282 or email hbprogram@gmail. com . For a complete schedule of activities, visit www.happy- basketsri.com . Donations, including fresh vegetables, canned or jarred gravy, dressing mix, canned goods of all kinds and bread and rolls, are welcome and can be dropped off at the Cumberland Senior Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Financial donations are also accepted. Checks should be made payable to "The Happy Basket Program" and mailed to P.O. Box 7611, Cumberland, RI 02864. Lincoln • The town of Lincoln is conducting its annual food drive to benefit the town's Holiday Basket pro- gram, which provides food to residents in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Nonperishable food and canned goods can be dropped off in collection bins located at every public school, the Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln Senior Center and Town Hall. Thanksgiving Day pickup for baskets is Nov. 25, while Holiday Basket pickup is Dec. 20. Contact Peggy Weigner at 401-333-8431. • The Genesis Project, a nonprofit agency that oper- ates the Manville Food Pantry in Lincoln, is accepting new volunteers. To apply, call 401-757-0605. The organi- zation works to help feed hungry families in Lincoln, Cumberland, Woonsocket and Central Falls, according to its website. Founder Rodney Simonini said they accept food dona- tions all the time. Woonsocket For the fourth year in a row, Missy's Family Restaurant will host a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m. at 801 Clinton St. While Tabitha Westerhuis, daughter of owner Judy Beauchemin, said they're already full for restaurant vol- unteers, they're still looking for volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to homebound individuals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The restaurant is also accepting donated coats, scarves, hats and gloves to distribute on Thanksgiving Day and cash donations toward the purchase of food. North Providence and Providence • Mayor Charles Lombardi and the North Providence Police Department are host- ing a Thanksgiving Food Drive this year and could use help from volunteers on Nov. 23. Lt. Michael Tavarozzi said he would be grateful for vol- unteers who can help at Stop & Shop, 1128 Mineral Spring Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in volun- teering can call Tavarozzi at 401-749-8180. They will also be collect- ing food items, including canned goods and stuffing, until Nov. 25. Collection boxes are located at Town Hall, 2000 Smith St., the North Providence Police Department, 1835 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., Stop & Shop, 1128 Mineral Spring Ave., and Shaw's, 15 Smithfield Road. "Donations are greatly, greatly, greatly appreciated," Tavarozzi said. • The Providence Rescue Mission, 627 Cranston St. in Providence, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter, is look- ing for volunteers prior to Thanksgiving to help assem- ble boxes of food and on Thanksgiving Day. Call 401- 274-8861 to sign up and visit www.providencerescuemis- sion.org for more. Smithfield Karen Armstrong, direc- tor of the Smithfield Senior Center, said the center is always looking for donations of nonperishable food for its food pantry, as well as mon- etary donations for their heat- ing assistance program. VOLUNTEER From Page One Are you looking Are you looking for a for a Check out the back Check out the back of our of our Classified section where Classified section where you'll find our advertisers' you'll find our advertisers' most current job offerings! most current job offerings!

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