Combined November and December Casual Friday donations of $300 were contributed to the Salvation Army Pawtucket Corp.
In December, our team also continued its hallmark tradition of supporting the Salvation Army Pawtucket Corps’ Angel Tags program, which delivers hundreds of gifts to kids in need.
Every Christmas many children wake up to nothing under their tree, because their families struggle financially and cannot afford the expense. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program began 30 years ago to ensure these children have a wonderful holiday season with their families.
The “Angel Tree” in the Pawtucket area included many children. Tags hung on the tree with their age and gender and what they would most like to receive.
Surprisingly, many of the items on these tags are what we’d consider necessities such as new shoes or a warm winter coat. This year, Loiselle staff helped preserve the magic of Christmas and fulfilled the wish lists of 42 children.
Besides supplying these necessities, the team also threw in some fun. The kids received dolls, trucks, and video games in the true spirit of holiday gift giving.
In addition to the Angel Tree program, staff also dedicated their time to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.
The Red Kettle Campaign began in 1891, when a Salvation Army captain wanted to provide Christmas dinner to 1,000 less fortunate people, but he did not have the means. Today, the red kettle dangles in front of countless storefronts across the nation to provide food, shelter, rehabilitation, disaster relief, and much more to people and families in crisis.
Our team rang the bell again this year, as we have for the past six years. As a local business we see the impact of this vital work in our community. We raised $1329.29 on December 22nd ringing the bell at the Stop & Shop on Mendon Rd in Cumberland.
If you would like to support your community in these worthwhile endeavors, you can donate to the Pawtucket Salvation Army here. The Salvation Army typically spends 84% of donations on helping others. During disasters, every dime goes towards relief efforts. They also meet the standards of the Wise Giving Alliance and have an “A” rating with Charity Watch.