Places to give during this holiday season of giving

Places to give during this holiday season of giving

* Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family solicits donors to "adopt" the wish list of a needy child from Woonsocket. Donors purchase 3-4 clothing items, 2-3 toys and a stuffed stocking from the wish list. Donors wrap all gifts, bundle them up and deliver to the volunteer-staffed Donation Center at the Elks Lodge in Woonsocket mid-December. Visit, phone 401-766-2291 or


* U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys for children in need. Donations collected up to Dec. 12 at various locations throughout the state. .

* Northern R.I. Toys for Tots coordinators David and Amanda McLaughlin sent out this list of drop-off sites: Cumberland High School, North Cumberland Middle School, McCourt Middle School, B.F. Norton, J.J. McLaughlin Cumberland Hill, and Garvin Memorial elementary schools, Mercymount Country Day School, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Cumberland Public Library, OCYL office at the Monastery; also, Lepre Physical Therapy, Angelo's Palace Pizza, Navigant Credit Union, Everybody's Favorite Restaurant, J Gray's Restaurant, Keller Williams Realty, Durham School Services, Dr. Day Care, Andreoni Law Offices of Lincoln & Beta Group. Most collection bins will be picked up on or before Dec. 13. This Northern R.I. Toys for Tots collection will benefit local programs like Cumberland's Happy Baskets, Crossroads R.I. and the Salvation Army toy distribution, according to the McLaughlins.

* Lincoln Town Hall holds its Holiday Basket and Giving Tree programs. Unwrapped gifts put around the Giving Tree at Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, will be given to area children and teenagers. Tags are hung to offer ideas.

Toys, clothing, sports equipment and other gifts will be collected at Town Hall until Thursday, Dec. 19. Gifts will then be distributed with the Holiday Baskets at Christmas.

Holiday Baskets, full of food for Christmas dinner, and easy-to-prepare meals and snacks for kids home on Christmas break, will be delivered to more than 300 Lincoln residents. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Town Hall.

* Navigant Credit Union collects for Toys for Tots at all its branches, through the close of business on Dec. 14. Toys must be new and unwrapped, and brought in during regular business hours. Visit for locations.

* The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket is holding its annual coat collection through Friday, Nov. 29. It's part of the statewide Warm Heart Buy Nothing Coat Day. Bring your donations at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St. in Pawtucket. Needed are new or slightly used coats, scarves, hats and gloves for children and adults.

Volunteers are needed for helping out at the Nov. 29 distribution, which will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Nov. 29, at the Visitor Center. For information, call Arthur Plitt at 401-369-1918.

* The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and Panera Bread team together for the 2nd annual Stuff A Bus food drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Help "Stuff A Bus" by donating nonperishable food items such as canned goods and boxed cereal. Each person who donates will receive a free coffee from Panera Bread, a pair of Providence Bruins tickets while supplies last, and a chance to win a $500 Amex gift card. RIPTA will be collecting food at Panera Bread locations in East Greenwich, Warwick, Wakefield, and locally at its new store in Lincoln, 613 George Washington Highway, on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 2 p.m.

* The Barnes and Noble store in The Crossings at Smithfield plaza, 371 Putnam Pike, is holding a Holiday Book Drive through Jan. 1 to benefit children in need through Crossroads Rhode Island.

* Panera Bread is holding a holiday gift drive at 26 locations in Rhode Island and Connecticut, including locally its new store in Lincoln, 613 George Washington Highway, its Smithfield store in The Crossings plaza on Route 44, and stores in North Attleboro, Plainville, and Seekonk, Mass. Customers can participate by going to the counter, selecting a gift tag with a specific child's first name on it, and then purchasing the "wish list" items noted. Each gift tag is special with a different child, age and list of gifts on it. Gifts should be brought back to the manager of the store by Monday, Dec. 9, unwrapped in a shopping or gift bag with the gift tag attached.

* The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is holding a clothing drive, seeking donations of gently-used clothing and small household items. Donations help to raise funding to support its mentoring programs for boys and girls throughout the state. Donated items can be dropped off at the Northern R.I. Donation Center in Cumberland, 1270 High St., or call for free home pickup. For more information, call 401-921-2434 or visit .

* The Smithfield Police Department is teaming up with merchants at The Crossing at Smithfield to collect new and unwrapped toys, clothing and gift cards from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13. Each year, hundreds of new toys and clothing are distributed to less fortunate children in Smithfield and throughout the state. Several collections bins are located throughout The Crossing at Smithfield plaza, off Route 44, or you may drop off gifts at the police station. Contact Patrolman Orlando Braxton at 401-231-2500, ext. 202, or visit .

* St. Mary's Home for Children, 420 Fruit Hill Ave., North Providence. Suggested gift donations are toys, craft supplies, games, gift cards, cash donations, new clothing, tickets to local attractions, gift cards to local stores and restaurants. Detailed wish lists and additional suggestions may be found at Call 401-353-3900, ext. 262, or email, Deliver by Dec. 19, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. weekdays, or call to arrange another time. Do not wrap gift items. Cash contributions help support many of the programs that take place at St. Mary's from therapeutic recreational activities to birthday parties to additional clinical services provided to a child in crisis.