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Newsletter 1.21.2021

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Rotary Club of Billerica Donates Masks

Jim Heller from Rotary Club of Billerica stopped by the warehouse this morning to drop off a case of disposable face masks. We are so thankful for this generous donation. It will go far to keep us all safe and healthy!

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Diapers for Families in Need!

Charlie helped Nancy from Lowell Alliance fill her car with diapers. These will go to many local families in need, to help keep their babies clean and healthy. Thank you to all of the generous donors who made this possible.

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Winter clothing need

Gloria is one of our terrific Tuesday volunteers. Today she spent her time sorting and organizing incoming donation and filling the client clothing bins. Here she is looking for coats for the days clients. We are still out of Women’s long sleeve tops in Size Medium and Large, Girls and Boys XL Sizes 14/16, 18/20 for our teen clients, hats and gloves for everyone and blankets. If you have any of these items 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 or soft goods we are open to those donations Tuesday-Friday 9-2:30pm and Saturday 9-12:30pm, 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.
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Sponsor for Magic of Christmas video

In today’s video Lori explains the new online sign up for sponsoring a child or family for the Magic of Christmas. We have the wish lists in from our agencies and are ready to match sponsors with families/children. Lori said the new sign up process is much easier. Take a look! https://youtu.be/MHxp0w_VzwQ
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Volunteers working hard

Michelle and Pam are two of our wonderful Wednesday volunteers. Today they were tackling a pile of clothes taller than them. They are searching for men’s clothes, women’s tops Size M & L, teen clothing Size 14-18 and boy’s Size 2T. If you have any of these items in your closet not being worn we would be grateful to get them. Even one item 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 or soft goods we are open to those donations Tuesday-Friday 9-2:30pm and Saturday 9-12:30pm, 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.
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Girl Scouts donate birthday bags

Thank you to Kim Cassie and Westford Girl Scouts Troop 66305 for the awesome donation of 18 birthday bags in honor of the birthday of the founder of Girl Scouts. What a wonderful way to give back to others in honor of someone else! Many children will enjoy a happier birthday thanks to these thoughtful girls and their families.
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Grateful for donations

Thank you to donor Annie for the donation of clothing and other items dropped off today. We are grateful to our generous donors who drop off much needed items for our clients. We know they will be appreciated by the clients that receive them. Right now we are particularly desperate for warm winter coats for everyone, Women’s Size Medium and Large tops and Girls and Boys XL Sizes 14/16, 18/20 for our teen clients, hats and gloves for everyone and blankets. If you have any of these items 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 or soft goods 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 clothing to our clients in Greater Lowell and Merrimack Valley.
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Offsite volunteer

Meet Lili Sader McNair, one of our offsite volunteers. Lili can be found managing our LinkedIn and Twitter page. She makes it possible for Patty to focus on Facebook and the newsletter while she keeps our Twitter and LinkedIn page current and engaged. If you are on LinkedIn you can find us at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-wish-project/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WishProject .
Thanks, Lili, for taking on LinkedIn and Twitter and keeping them active and interesting!
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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.