Holiday Gift Drive
Back to School Backpack Drive (June-August)- Each year, Rises strives to provide a backpack filled with age-appropriate school supplies to low-income area children. The East Windsor Regional School District provides school-year based supply lists. Some of the items requested include: backpacks, insulated lunch bags, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, highlighters, Sharpies, crayons, pencil sharpeners, scissors, tape, and post-it notes.
Thanksgiving Food Drive (September-November)- Rise provides hundreds of low-income families with a basket of food, including a turkey, for Thanksgiving. Food collection begins in early October and distribution occurs during the week before Thanksgiving.
Holiday Gift Drive and Adopt A Family Program (November-December)- Each December, Rise coordinates a holiday party with the Junior League of Greater Princeton and distributes holiday gifts to local children in need. Each child is registered and a generous sponsor is matched to every child. In addition, local businesses and individuals choose to ‘Adopt a Family’ and purchase presents for an entire family. This program is labor-intensive and requires a dedicated team of volunteers to ensure that each child experiences a little joy during the holiday season and each parent has a small burden lifted from their shoulders.
generous donors supplied goods to be repurposed through our Greater Goods Stores in 2015
students were ready for their first day of school with essential supplies from the Rise Backpack Drive
individuals received job skills via volunteerism at Food Pantry/Greater Goods.
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