Cumberland's Happy Basket Program seeks donations and volunteers

Cumberland's Happy Basket Program seeks donations and volunteers

CUMBERLAND - Local businesses, community leaders, school children, seniors and local parishioners have banded together with the Happy Basket Program to insure that families in need in Cumberland receive food baskets and toys over the holidays. The program, which delivered its first basket in 1992, has distributed more than 10,000 baskets over the past 21 years.

It is expected that close to 700 food baskets will be distributed for Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013 in the Cumberland area.

Donations of all kinds are welcome.

Items that are needed include fresh vegetables, canned or jarred gravy, dressing mix, canned goods of all kinds and bread and rolls. These items can be dropped off at the Cumberland Senior Center located at the Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road.

Financial contributions are also being sought in order to purchase turkeys, fresh vegetables, dry goods and bread. Checks should be made payable to: The Happy Basket Program, and mailed to PO Box 7611, Cumberland, RI 02864.

Anyone wishing to volunteer a few hours of their time in sorting donations, wrapping gifts and assembling baskets is asked to call John Johnson at 401-487-1282. Baskets for the Thanksgiving giveaway will be put together Thursday, Nov. 21, starting at 6 p.m., at the Cumberland Senior Center.