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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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26 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE city of Woonsocket to collect new items that will be donated to military veterans at Christmas. Items such as sweatshirts, sweaters, coats, gloves, toiletries, combs, brushes, etc., may be dropped off. Sizes from M to 4X. A blood drive will be sponsored by the Knights on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Joseph Church, 1200 Mendon Road, Woonsocket. Give the gift of life to others. A drive-by Toy Drive to benefit chil- dren in the Woonsocket area will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at All Saints Church, 323 Rathbun St., Woonsocket. Donors are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl. The toys will be given to the Woonsocket Police Department, who will distribute them to needy children throughout the city at Christmas. • Books Are Wings is kicking of this year's Gift of Literacy Campaign, with a goal of working to get more than 10,000 books out to learners by the end of 2020. A Zoom event will be held online on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The campaign offers the opportunity to help ensure that children around Rhode Island have access to the books and liter- acy tools they need to succeed. Visit www.booksarewings.org/kick- off-the-gift-of-literacy-campaign/ to register for the event or to explore ways to give. For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Jocelynn White at jwhite@booksarewings.org or 401-475- 4882. A few other local places to give: • New Beginnings Soup Kitchen - www.newbeginningskitchen.com • St. Philip Parish Saint Vincent DePaul Society - https://saintphilip. com/ministries/st-vincent-de-paul-society • North Smithfield Food Pantry - http://www.slatersvillechurch.org/ we-nourish.html • Milk Fund - https://www.communi- tycareri.org/programsservices/basicneed- sassistance.aspx • Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center - https://blackstone-val- ley-emergency-food-center.business.site , 401-724-7170 or email bvefc1@gmail. com. CHARITIES From Page 14 Spread holiday cheer: Write to a service member If you don't have a family member or loved one in the military but still want to show your support, consider sending an active service member a letter this holiday. Organizations such as Operation Gratitude make it easy to connect with troops fighting for their country and give your thanks. This season, express your gratitude for their sacrifices that takes them away from their families during the holidays. Most groups accept and distribute letters throughout the year, but the hol- iday season can be especially difficult for U.S. troops. As they face uncertain situations in unfamiliar territories, your words of thanks can motivate them to remain positive and continue the strive for greatness. Here are some facts to consider when contributing a personal- ized letter to a great cause: Address the service member The organization accepts letters for a variety of military personnel who are in different stages of their career. When addressing your service member, be sure to specify their role, which can vary between: • Deployed: Serving in a foreign country. • Veteran: One who unselfishly served our country in the past. • Recruit graduate: Service member at the beginning of their career who made a promise to serve for at least four years. See SERVICE, Page 30

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