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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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14 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE It's no secret that helping others is good for the soul. Even the Grinch couldn't deny that kindness makes the heart grow three sizes. In a year where family may not be able to gather in numbers and ways we are used to, there are plenty of mean- ingful ways to mark the holiday season. Helping our neighbors in need makes an impact not only on the recipient, but on the giver as well. But the biggest reason to give? There is plenty of local need out there – perhaps this year more than most. It could be as simple as starting small, with random acts of kindness in your everyday life. Anonymously send a coffee shop gift card to a neighbor who could use a smile. Pick up some extra groceries and donate them to a local food pantry. For those in the position of helping out on a larger scale, consider adopting a family for Christmas gift-giving, or mak- ing a monetary donation to your local soup kitchen. However you choose to help, here are some local ideas to get you started: • Bob Chaput, co-executive director of the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, said, "Our number of families seeking assistance has more than dou- bled since the pandemic began, so we can use all the help we can get, not so much with volunteers as with donations of cash and food." Those looking to help can visit www. nrifoodpantry.org or visit the food pan- try's Facebook page. Donations can be made directly on the website or by mail to Northern RI Food Pantry, PO Box 7833, Cumberland 02864. Food can be dropped off at the pantry, or if it's a large amount, call 401-347-5714 to arrange for a pickup. • The Pawtucket Soup Kitchen is organizing an Adopt-a-Family event this season. Executive Director Adrienne Marchetti said the group is currently seeking donors to adopt families in need. Marchetti said the number of fami- lies had to be reduced this year due to COVID-19, and that there are about 22 families signed up for the program. Eight to 10 donors are still needed, she said. Those interested in adopting a family should call 401-258-4616. The group is also accepting mone- tary donations to provide families with gift cards for shoes. Gift cards to Stop & Shop, as well as food items, are also appreciated, Marchetti said. For more information about the soup kitchen, visit www.pawtucketsoupkitchen.org . • Although Woonsocket's long-run- ning Adopt-A-Family organization announced they would be canceling their program this year due to issues surrounding COVID-19, a new organi- zation, Woonsocket Tots, has been formed and is running a similar program to provide gifts and support to as many families as possible. Those interested in helping should visit www.woonsockettots.org . Organizers said there are opportunities to sponsor families, donate toys, or make monetary donations. • The town of Lincoln is offering both its Holiday Basket program and its Giving Tree program this year. Town Planner Al Ranaldi, who runs the program with Planning Assistant Peggy Weigner, said the program will offer bas- kets of food to town residents for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. With more families struggling since COVID-19 shut businesses down, Ranaldi said they anticipate more families will reach out for holiday baskets this year. Gift donations for the Giving Tree can be dropped off at Town Hall or the Lincoln Library by Friday, Dec. 18. Food donations can be dropped off at the Town Hall, Lincoln Public Library, or Lincoln Senior Center by Dec. 18. The town is accepting applications for Christmas through Nov. 20, for anyone who needs a basket. For more informa- tion, email pweigner@lincolnri.org. • The Cumberland Happy Baskets program is also accepting donations. Financial contributions are always wel- come. Checks should be made payable to "The HAPPY Basket Program" and mailed to P.O. Box 7611; Cumberland, RI 02864. Donations of non-perishable food, as well as donations of toys for Chritsmas gifts for kids in need, may be brought to the Cumberland Senior Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The deadline to donate toys is Friday, Dec. 18. Anyone wishing to learn more about how they can help can call organiz- er John Johnson at 401-487-1282 or email hbprogram@gmail.com. Visit www.happybasketsri.com or search Cumberland Happy Basket Program on Facebook for more. • The Little Sisters of the Poor requests donations for its Annual Turkey Drop at Jeanne Jugan Residence, 964 Main St, Pawtucket. Each day from Nov. 15-21, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Sisters will accept donations of frozen turkeys, which will be used for Thanksgiving and meals throughout the year. Social distancing protocols will be in place to accept dona- tions. For more information or to make special delivery arrangements, call 401- 723-4314. • The Knights of Columbus Woonsocket Council #113 is spon- soring charitable events throughout the month of November. Operation ROVAC, Remembering our Veterans at Christmas, will be held through the end of the month. Collection boxes have been placed in the Catholic churches throughout the The gift of giving is a gift of hope By LAURA COLANTONIO Editorial & Design Team Coordinator laura@valleybreeze.com See CHARITIES, Page 26

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