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Donation

Students step up

Thank you to Gateway Regional School District high school student Lily Dion for the awesome donation drive she dropped off recently. These basic items are so important to our clients who were already struggling before the pandemic started. We are grateful to our youth donors and schools for encouraging helping the community by reaching out to us and finding out our current needs and how they can help. If you would like to help out like Lily and earn community service hours for school, scouts or just to give back please email Tina at tina@thewishproject.org and she will be happy to talk to you about some options for holding a donation drive and our current needs.

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Magic of Christmas

Donation of gifts for Christmas

Thank you to donor Jen Downs for the awesome donation of new gifts for Magic of Christmas. We are so grateful for the support we received this year. Now more than ever our already struggling clients have greater stress to deal with this holiday season. Jill is hearing from individuals who were previously donors and now clients due to the devastation Covid has had on the economy and their families health. Right now some of our greatest needs are Size 3T/4T Pull Ups, Size 4T/5T Pull Ups, Size 4 Diapers, Women’s Size M and L long sleeve shirts, Men’s long sleeve shirts all sizes, coats for the whole family, hats, gloves, safety gates, infant swings, pack and play sheets and diaper bags for our clients with infants. If you have any of these items to donate you can drop off next Tuesday-Saturday 9-2:45pm. If you are donating furniture please call first to make sure we have the space or email donategoods@thewishproject.org. 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 basic items our clients need!

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Collection Drive

Mayor collects coats

The Mayor of Lowell is hosting a blood drive this Saturday at the Masonic Hall in Lowell and has asked people to drop off items for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and coats and other winter items for The Wish Project. Thank you, Mayor Leahy! https://www.facebook.com/events/766806724050388/

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Magic of Christmas

Christmas concerns from Jill

A word from Jill – Since Lori has taken over Christmas my stress level has gone down, but this year it is all different, the number of clients needing our help has gone up. Those that used to donate are now in need of help themselves. None of our clients ever thought they would be where they are today. This year it is our younger adults and teens that has me stressed. They are asking for such basic needs, a coat, hat and gloves. Can you imagine your own teens asking for things we all take for granted? Our clients are, because they are now working more or looking for ways to be able to make money. Times are tough for so many people and imagining that all they want for Christmas is a coat breaks my heart. I know people are thinking Jill, you give out used items. Yes we do, but as soon as we get adult coats donated, they go out. They know how hard it is and they are asking for our help and we can not give what we do not have. So remember when you email Lori asking to sponsor a child there are teens and adults out there that missed so many things this year and they just want a coat. Help us put the magic of Christmas into their lives too. – Jill Maker, Chief Operations Officer

If you can help out by purchasing one gift we have an Amazon wish list where you can shop from home and ship direct to us and these items will go to fill the Christmas lists of teens and adults that have still not been gifted. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3MD3TCCHHJTGL?ref_=wl_share If you have any questions please email Lori at lori@thewishproject.org, Santa’s elf at the warehouse. Thank you for helping us put some magic in a teen or adults Christmas this year.

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Donation

Wish in the news

Two high school students organizing a clothing drive for our clients. What a fantastic project to help our vulnerable clients as the temperatures turn cooler. Take a look! http://homenewshere.com/wilmington_town_crier/sports/article_4962db82-3042-11eb-a53a-b31ecb474c0e.html

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Video

Christmas video and needs

Lori put together a video explaining our still unfilled needs for Christmas and where you can shop for them! Take a look. If you would like to help Santa complete all his last minute needs please check our Amazon Wish list https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3MD3TCCHHJTGL… where you can shop from home and have the item shipped directly to the warehouse. Thank you for helping us put some magic in a teen or families life in a year that really needs a little magic!

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Magic of Christmas

Magic of Christmas donor

Thank you to Sean from Brooks Automation for the generous donation of gift cards and toys for our Magic of Christmas project. These gifts will mean so much to the lucky families that receive them. We are grateful to our corporate partners for helping our mission and our clients in any way they can.

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Needs

Winter items needed

Nancy is one of our wonderful weekly volunteers. This day she spent her time sorting and organizing incoming donations and looking for winter coats to fill the coat racks. We are extremely grateful for the coats we have received so far. As soon the coats come in they go out with the next client. As every day gets cooler the demand for winter coats, adult hats and gloves gets greater. Most of our clients walk so they are looking for puffer style water resistant coats that they can wear in all weather. We need all coats especially adult Sizes Large and up for both men and women as well as men’s and women’s hats and gloves. If you have any of these items to donate you can drop off next Tuesday-Friday 9-2:30pm and Saturday 9-12:30pm. The warehouse will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving weekend. If you are donating furniture please call first to make sure we have the space or email donategoods@thewishproject.org. 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 winter coats, hats and gloves to clients in need.

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Staff

Appreciative staff

Sophie from Thom Anne Sullivan Early Childhood Programs spoiled the staff and volunteers by bringing in home made egg rolls and spanakopita the other day. In case you can’t tell Dianne lives for the days that Sophie makes egg rolls! It is a splurge that the whole staff savors. We have to keep their energy up in the last few weeks of Magic of Christmas, elves work is never done. Thanks Sophie!

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Caseworker

Basic needs

Eudy from Vinfen picked up basic items for 13 clients last week. They received toiletries, cleaning projects, and paper goods. All essential items for our already struggling clients during these difficult times. Diapers and warm winter clothing are two of the most requested items at this time. We can’t keep clothes in stock sufficient to cover all the requests we receive. The minute a clothing bin gets filled, Lori pulls another client order and empties the bin all over again. Right now we need Size 3T/4T and Size 4T/5T Pull Ups, Size 4 Diapers, Women’s Size M and L long sleeve shirts, Men’s long sleeve shirts all sizes, Coats for the whole family and Men’s and Women’s hat and gloves. If you have any of these items to donate you can drop off Tuesday-Friday 9-2:45pm and Saturday 9-12:45pm starting 12/1st, appointment necessary. We are closed 11/27-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are donating furniture please call first to make sure we have the space or email donategoods@thewishproject.org. 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 basic items our clients need!