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Urgent need for coats

Urgent need for coats – men’s, women’s, boys and girls. This rack is what is left of the winter coats for the clients contacting us in desperate need of a winter coat. The cold weather has come upon us quickly. Only a week ago you might have worn shorts but now it’s snowing and cold out, especially if you are standing outside waiting for the bus, or waiting outside a shelter to get in, or waiting online at a food pantry.

Cold is the enemy of the homeless and low income. If you are lucky enough to have a place to live you likely keep the heat turned as low as possible or off because of the cost of heating your home. Blankets and warm clothing become your protection against the cold. We have had a record number of requests for blankets and warm coats from caseworkers and clients. We can never have enough blankets for the clients, caseworkers and shelters that have been requesting them. This year even more than others we need to keep our clients healthy.

Just this week we had a client, second photo, pick up clothing he requested in only a sweatshirt. The same week we had a staff member come in from an adult day program (third photo) in need of a coat for one of their clients. Before the winter is over we will get requests from 1000’s of clients needing warm winter clothing in every size. If you have any coats in your closet not being worn we would be grateful to get them. Even one coat will be one more client who isn’t cold this winter.

We have just updated our clothing donation drop off process in order to streamline it. We have made the following changes – if you are donating only clothing we are open to those donations Tuesday-Friday 9-2:45pm and Saturday 9-12:45pm, no appointment necessary. If you are donating other goods such as housewares and furniture we will continue to schedule those drop offs through our email donategoods@thewishproject.org. We are hopeful that this will make it easier for our donors to drop off their donations at their convenience. Thank you for helping us provide winter coats to clients who need them.
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Warm clothing goes out to clients

Lynn from Pediatrics Physicians’ Organization at Children’s Hospital (PPOC) picked up warm winter clothing for 10 families today. These families will be so grateful to have them as the weather has turned cold. Thank you to our generous donors that continue to support us by providing clothing, coats, shoes and other basic items for our clients. If you have any warm winter clothing, especially coats, in your closet not being worn we would be grateful to get them. Even one coat will be one more client who isn’t cold this winter. We have just updated our clothing donation drop off process in order to streamline it. We have made the following changes – if you are donating only clothing we are open to those donations Tuesday-Friday 9-2:45pm and Saturday 9-12:45pm, no appointment necessary. If you are donating other goods such as housewares and furniture we will continue to schedule those drop offs through our email donategoods@thewishproject.org. We are hopeful that this will make it easier for our donors to drop off their donations at their convenience. Thank you for helping us provide warm winter coats or winter clothing to our neighbors in Greater Lowell and Merrimack Valley.
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Clothing needed

Thank you to Brenda Nicolosi for the donation of clothing and shoes dropped off last week. At the moment we can’t get enough warm winter clothing for men, women, boys and girls. We need long sleeve shirts, jeans, sweats, leggings, sweatshirts, socks, pajamas, coats, hats and gloves for all ages and sizes. If you have any of these items to donate please email donategoods@thewishproject.org and Grace will get back to you Tuesday-Saturday 9-3pm to schedule a day and time for drop off. If you prefer to shop online we have an Amazon wish list where you can purchase our most needed items and ship direct to us https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D0WB109LX427… . Thank you for helping us provide warm clothing items for our neighbors in Greater Lowell and Merrimack Valley.
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Offsite Volunteer

Meet Kathy Eldridge, one of our offsite volunteers. Kathy helps out by sending thank you notes to Amazon shoppers whose contact information we don’t have. She makes it possible for Tina to focus on sending out thank you letters to our donors whose contact information we do have and managing our volunteers and their schedule. If you donate an item from Amazon we would appreciate if you include a gift message with your name and contact information so we can thank you. Thanks, Kathy, for taking on Amazon thank you notes and freeing up some of Tina’s time!
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Community support

One mom picked up clothing for her family. The man with her has been helping her family by translating, providing transportation and had already made several trips recently picking up furniture for her. This day they were back to get clothing. It’s wonderful to see someone who is making a difference in the lives of people in their community by offering his assistance. It’s just another example of people using their gifts and talents to help others. Thank you for helping us to support our clients by donating the items they need.
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Neighbors helping neighbors

Thank you to Jennifer Picard for collecting donations from neighbors and dropping them off yesterday. We are so grateful for the support of so many neighboring communities to support our mission and our clients. These items will be very appreciated by the clients that receive them. We continue to need warm blankets, fall and winter clothing, hats and gloves, coats, diapers and baby wipes, formula and baby gear for our clients. If you have any of these items to donate and can drop off at the warehouse please email donategoods@thewishproject.org and Grace will get back to you Tuesday-Friday 9-3pm, Saturday 9-1pm to schedule a day and time for drop off. If you prefer to shop online we have an Amazon wish list where you can purchase these needed items and ship direct to us https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D0WB109LX427… . Thank you for helping us serve our mission and our clients.
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Grateful client

Some words of appreciation from a client that received much needed items today, and a very cute baby. Thank you to our donors that make these moments possible! Take a look! https://www.facebook.com/ananda.coughlin.37/videos/374708130608549/

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Offsite volunteer

Meet Crystal Stewart, one of our offsite volunteers. Crystal can be found managing our Instagram page. She makes it possible for Patty to focus on Facebook and the newsletter while she keeps our Instagram page current and engaged. If you are on Instagram you can find us at https://www.instagram.com/thewishproject/
Thanks, Crystal, for taking on Instagram and keeping it active and interesting!
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Wish on the News

So excited to have been featured on Boston 25 News with Chris Flanagan. Watch the segment below if you missed it, Jill, Alyce, Dianne were all included.

https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/merrimack-valley-organization-helps-families-get-back-their-feet/JW5XOGIF2ZEKDJ6BV6UJMRRCTI/

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Literary donation

Thank you to Laura Kopinski and A Bookish Home for the awesome donation and installation of a Little Free Library at the warehouse. Such a great idea to benefit our clients and the community. #littlefreelibrary #abookishhome