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Holiday Giving and the Simmons Spirit

The winter holidays can be a time of celebration and joy but can also be stressful and sad. For many of the community partners that we work with, their clients feel all of the above. Lucky for them (and for us) they have put together programs to make sure that no one is left without some recognition over the holidays.

This year, we asked the Simmons community to contribute to two holiday gift giving initiatives - one with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB) and the other with Community Servings. I am happy to report that the Simmons community responded strongly with all the gift requests being fulfilled with plenty of time to spare. The Simmons library team stepped in to help with many of the requests. We also collaborated with Operation Warm to provide over 30 warm coats to middle schoolers from BGCB - their priority wish list item.

There is still opportunity to contribute the week of December 5th we need help wrapping the coats. All are invited to stop by the S/RC and help. We have the coats and the wrapping materials.


Also, if you are planning to volunteer this holiday season, individuals, groups, families, and schools can pledge to make a difference this season and Hasbro will match each pledge by donating a toy through Toys for Tots. Just register and they will ensure that a toy is donated to a child in need for every volunteer activity that you participate in. Double the impact from your volunteer efforts!

And of course volunteers are needed at many of our partner sites throughout the year. Stop by the Scott/Ross Center and we would be happy to help you find a community organization to partner with.

Posted by Carolyn Grimes on December 2, 2011 5:50 PM

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I was intrigued by your blog because although I cannot get directly involved, considering I am from Arizona, I think you have some amazing goals, ideas, and projects. I just started my own blog called A Chance To Make A Change, a blog focus around community service projects around the valley. I feature a different charity in a specific subtopic, whether it be education, environment, or youth and family and I give a better look into their mission. I also offer some other resources and charities too. This blog has given me some good inspiration for the future of my project. More specifically, the project I read about, Holiday Giving and The Simmons Spirit, I really liked something as simple as donations to those in need makes the biggest difference in the community. It personifies what community should be and gives you a look into why we do this, why we fight to get people to act selfless and give some of their time and/or money. I am just starting my blog and after looking through your blog it really got me excited. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing your next project!

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