2013-11-14 / Around Town

Helping at the Holidays

Child & Family

Indviduals, groups or businesses are encouraged to participate in one or both of the Child & Family holiday programs. In past years, they have been fortunate to have the caring support of the community which has made these programs a success. This year the economy dictates a more desperate need for help. Encompass the spirit of the holidays by helping in these ways: nThanksgiving Basket Program- Provide a Thanksgiving basket for a family of four people of non-perishable food items and a gift certificate to purchase a turkey and other perishable items. This year, because of the increased need of baskets, donors are encouraged to do multiple baskets if possible. Monetary donations or gift certificates to Shaw’s or Stop and Shop are also extremely helpful. nAdopt-A -Family Program - Provide toys and gifts for children. In many cases these will be the only holiday gifts that they receive. Child & Family will provide you with a “wish list” and you shop for the child or children with whom you are matched. Or, a monetary donation or gift certificates that can be used for the children is appreciated.

For more information, contact Landa Patterson at 401-848-4210 or lpatterson@childandfamilyri.com.

FOP Food and Toy Drive

The Newport Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8 is seeking donations from area businesses and individuals for its annual Christmas food and toy drive. In past years, the Newport Police Department has been able to deliver 50 to 100 food baskets a year to Newport families in need. Toys are also being collected for families with young children. Donations can be brought to the police station or mailed to FOP Lodge #8 Christmas Basket Fund, c/o Newport Police Dept., 120 Broadway. Any donation, no matter how large or small, is appreciated. Winter Coat Exchange

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is collecting coats to be distributed on Buy Nothing Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29, between 10 a.m. and noon.

An ongoing collection is underway and coats will be distributed throughout the winter months as supply allows. Donated coats should be clean, with no buttons missing, and with working zippers. Warm hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves are also welcome.

Drop off contributions at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., on Sunday mornings between 9 a.m. and noon, and Tuesday through Thursday mornings between 9:30 and noon. Donations may be left in the kitchen area of the church.

Toothbrush and Chapstick Drive

Calvary United Methodist Church is collecting dental health products for distribution at community meals. New, individually-wrapped toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, and travel-size toothpaste and mouthwash are sought.

Items may be left in the box outside the church office at 200 Turner Rd., Middletown. Adult and child-size toothbrushes are needed and soft bristles are preferred. No multi-packs; individual brushes are requested. Call 401-847-6181 for more information.

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