Holiday Giving Program
There are two significant parts to the North Kingstown Holiday Giving Program. The Thanksgiving program consists of providing meals or food gift cards to needy families through the North Kingstown Food Pantry. Those in need should complete request forms and return them to the North Kingstown Food Pantry or the North Kingstown Senior and Human Services Department by November 19, 2014. The Food Pantry will coordinate requests and distribution of food baskets to North Kingstown families.
Anyone wishing to donate grocery store gift certificates or money for the Thanksgiving dinners may mail the certificates and checks directly to the North Kingstown Food Pantry, P.O. Box 132, North Kingstown, RI 02852.
Non-perishable items for the North Kingstown Food Pantry can be dropped off at the Pantry at 445 School Street, or at the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, North Kingstown Town Hall, North Kingstown Town Hall Annex, North Kingstown Senior and Human Services “Beechwood”, Dave’s Market on Tower Hill Road and Gate Road locations, as well as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wickford Baptist Church, United Methodist Church,
St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church and St. Francis De Sales Parish.
The Holiday Giving Program focuses on providing gifts for children in families experiencing hardship and are unable to provide the gifts themselves. Families must meet certain eligibility guidelines and an in-person interview is required. The program is driven by the generosity of individuals, families and local businesses who anonymously “adopt” families in need. Matching families with donors and getting the gifts to recipient families requires tremendous coordination. Those who want to adopt families in need should call the Holiday Giving Office at 268-1579 weekdays from 9AM-3PM beginning October 1, 2014. Donors will receive only age and gender appropriate “wish lists” from the adopted families. Donor and recipient personal information is strictly confidential.
Gifts must be delivered unwrapped to the North Kingstown Senior and Human Services, 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852 by December 9, 2014(drop-off at the Community Center, right side entrance). Donations of wrapping paper and grocery store certificates are always welcome.
Residents wishing to help the Holiday Giving Program do not have to adopt a family; instead they may wish to donate gift certificates of any kind, including food or money to purchase gift certificates. Certificate donations for food or gifts can be dropped off at the North Kingstown Senior and Human Services, 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown RI 02852, or you may mail it to Holiday Giving Program, c/o North Kingstown Senior and Human Services, PO Box 313, North Kingstown, RI 02852 through December 9, 2014. Anyone 21 years of age or older may volunteer to work in the Holiday Giving Program, please contact the Holiday Giving office at 268-1579.
Donors are welcome to access forms electronically at: http://www.egovlink.com/northkingstown/action.asp?actionid=15300.
Those needing assistance to provide gifts to their children (age 13 and younger), during the December holidays, can fill out an application at the North Kingstown Senior and Human Service Department starting October 1, 2014 or visit online at http://www.egovlink.com/northkingstown/action.asp?actionid=15299.
“This year our Holiday Giving Coordinator will reach out to the community by offering presentations and interviews throughout town. We hope this will help those who are working or do not have transportation to Beechwood to have the opportunity to meet with staff.” The following are scheduled meeting places and times.
October 6, 2014 – Kingstown Crossing Community Room – 10:00am and 6:30pm
October 7, 2014 – Heritage Village Community Room – 3:30pm and 6:30pm
October 8, 2014 – Kings’s Grant Community Room – 6:30pm
October 15, 2014- Beechwood Senior Center – 7:00pm
Please call 268-1579 weekdays from 9am – 3pm to request information about eligibility or to make an appointment. Applications must be received by November 25, 2014.
DEADLINES FOR THE NORTH KINGSTOWN HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM
For Thanksgiving: October 1, 2014 – November 19, 2014
Families apply for Thanksgiving meals (Forms are available at the North Kingstown Food Pantry and North Kingstown Senior and Human Services Department)
Donors send gift certificates or money for Thanksgiving meals to North Kingstown Food Pantry, 445 School Street North Kingstown, RI 02852.
October 1, 2014 – November 25, 2014: Families apply at North Kingstown Senior and Human Services Holiday Giving office to be matched with a Donor Family
October 1, 2014 – December 12, 2014: Families and Individuals apply for Christmas Holiday Food Requests.
October 1, 2014 – December 2, 2014: Donors sign up to “adopt” a family.
Ongoing through December 9, 2014: Donors deliver gifts to North Kingstown Senior and Human Services at Beechwood.
Ongoing through December 9, 2014: Donors can provide gift certificates for food and/or gifts.
Gift Certificates for Food and Gifts can be mailed to:
Holiday Giving Program
North Kingstown Senior and Human Services
PO Box 313
North Kingstown, RI 02852
For further information please call our Holiday Giving Office at 401-268-1579.
All contributions will be accepted and applied to the Holiday Giving Program.