HPNE Annual Giving Tree
We are excited to once again be collaborating with Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family this year to run our Giving Tree Event! This event allows #TeamHPNE employees to support underprivileged families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts during the holidays. Additionally, this event spreads some joy throughout our own facility, as tags for donations are hung on holiday trees that decorate our lunchrooms.
The Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family is a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing Christmas presents to children of financially struggling families. Donations are made by people and organizations of surrounding communities in order to attempt to fulfill the Christmas wishes of more than 1,900 children yearly.
The Effect of the Giving Tree
It was estimated in 2023 by Statista that 85% of Americans celebrate Christmas annually. However, the poverty rate in America is estimated to be around 12.4% according to Time Magazine. This means that many children may go without presents each year, and the Giving Tree Event is our way of attempting to take part in preventing that.
Other Ways to Get Involved
There are many additional organizations that operate with the goal of providing a little bit of Christmas joy to underprivileged children around the country.
One popular organization is Toys for Tots, a nonprofit organization led by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve which has been distributing new Christmas toys to children throughout the United States since 1991. For more information or ways to help, visit their website. For additional organizations that provide resources for families around the holidays, visit this list of organizations from Best Products.
Although Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family is no longer accepting applicants for donors for 2023, if you are interested in participating, you can find information about the donation process and registration for future years on their donor information page.
Giving Through the Rhode Island Food Bank
Additionally, employees participated in a food drive with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, who has reported that nearly 29% of RI households cannot afford adequate food. Our goal of participating in this food drive is to collect non-perishable food items in an effort to make a difference in the lives of local families during the often stressful holiday season.
For ways you can get involved with the RI Food Bank, visit their website.