THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!!!
In 2016, with the help of hundreds of sponsors and over 20 community partners, we were able to provide meaningful gifts and winter essentials to 430 local children and 80 homeless adults.
2016 Holiday Cheer Drive FAQ
WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY CHEER DRIVE?
During the winter season, we aim to SPUR Holiday Cheer Drive by providing essentials and other meaningful gifts to children in Marblehead, Salem and surrounding communities. For the 2016 holiday season, with your help, we anticipate bringing joy to approximately 400 children.
Sponsorship begins Saturday, November 19th. Pillow cases and the personalized wish-list for each child will be available at various locations throughout Marblehead, Salem & Swampscott, as well as available from participating community partners. Find pick-up and drop-off locations here.
We understand the holidays are a tremendously busy time for members of the community - should you desire to participate and sponsor a child but are unable to select a wish-list and go shopping, we would be delighted to assist and do the shopping for you. Simply make a tax-deductible contribution here and we will be your elf, ensuring your desire to provide a local child with gifts this season is possible.
HOW ARE CHILDREN SELECTED WHO RECEIVE GIFTS?
Children are identified by their case worker or school adjustment counselor, as these professionals work closely with the children and know their personal circumstances. Among other considerations, effort is made to select children who are not receiving gifts from other groups and organizations; intentionally helping to distribute the abundant generosity of the season, bringing joy to as many children as possible.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Sign up to sponsor a child. Hold a drive within your social circle or office to collect items which we can use to supplement partial or unsponsored wish-lists. Make a monetary tax-deductible donation to SPUR so that we may purchase outstanding items. SHARE our Facebook posts, spread the word about our organization and the Holiday Cheer Drive - get others involved.
HOW DO I SPONSOR A CHILD?
Simply visit us or one of our community partners to select a personalized wish-list, a king size jersey knit pillow case and a gift tag. The gift tag is blank on the back side should you wish to extend a simple holiday message to the child for whom you are shopping. Use the personalized wish-list for insight to the child's likes and interest. Fill the pillow case with items within the wish-list budget (approximately $75), include a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste and perhaps some healthy snacks. Then, return your now completed "Bundle of Cheer" to one of our community partners drop off locations. You may also elect to have us do the shopping for you. If you would like to participate but are unable to pick-up a wish-list and go shopping for a specific child, we would be delighted to assist, ensuring a child receives gifts this holiday because of your generosity. Simply click here to sponsor.
WHEN DO BUNDLES OF CHEER NEED TO BE RETURNED?
We ask that bundles of cheer be returned to one of these locations as soon as possible, and no later than Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00pm. NOTE: the child's original gift tag must be attached to the pillow case upon return so we can properly route your generous gift to the child(ren) for whom you shopped.
WHAT GOES IN THE BUNDLE OF CHEER GO?
Working with each individual child, the case workers and school adjustment counselors submit a wish list that includes something the child wants, something the child needs, something to wear and something to read. This wish list is merely a guide so Sponsors have an opportunity to connect personally and get a sense of what the child could really use, as well as know what is wished for. This insight hopefully allows Sponsors to shop with ease and find assurance the items selected will not only be appreciated but bring great joy.
We encourage Sponsors to select whatever items make sense to them within the suggested bundle of cheer budget and consider also including a toothbrush, toothpaste and healthy snack such as peanut free granola bars. The wish list is not a required and in many cases, could not all be included and stay within the $75 range so again, it is merely a guide for ideas.
CAN I JUST FILL MY PILLOW CASE AS I SEE FIT?
Our goal, with your help, is to make each child feel special, but none more so than the other. In all cases, multiple children from the same program or school receive bundles of cheer, and in some instances, siblings. As such, we encourage sponsors to use the provided wish list as a guide to help ensure similarity, value wise, among bundles. If you are moved by the spirit of giving beyond your child’s wish list, we ask you to consider sponsoring an additional child or purchasing items for us to supplement partial or unsponsored children.
I WOULD LIKE TO HELP BUT CAN’T COMMIT TO SPONSORING AN ENTIRE WISH-LIST, CAN I STILL HELP?
Most definitely! We understand the holidays are a time of great giving and your involvement with our Holiday Cheer Drive on any level will be deeply impactful. If you cannot commit to sponsoring an entire wish-list, consider partnering with another family; making a contribution toward a wish list here; or donating new items we can draw from to fill partial or unsponsored children.
The most useful items include:
- Gift cards such as CVS, Target, Market Basket, Stop and Shop, Dunkin Donuts
- Personal care items such as deodorant, children’s toothpaste, children’s toothbrush, lotion, soap
- Warm hats, gloves, scarves, socks
- Healthy and filling peanut free snacks such as cereal bars, granola bars, peanut free nut mix, oatmeal
WHAT IS COST OF DONATING A BUNDLE OF CHEER?
The approximate target value of a fully sponsored wish-list is $75.
CAN I WRAP ITEMS IN MY BUNDLE OF CHEER?
We ask that all items are unwrapped for safety reasons. We wrap, at a minimum, one item per bundle of cheer following gift check-in.
CAN I INCLUDE USED ITEMS?
No, new items only please.
CAN A GROUP SPONSOR BUNDLE OF CHEER?
Sponsoring bundles of cheer can be a great team building activity. Consider encouraging your workplace, social circle, classroom, sports team, school club or other group to team up and sponsor one or more bundles. Make it fun, go shopping together or select wish lists that closely relate to children in your life.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS SPUR WORKS WITH THROUGH THE DRIVE?
Visit our Recipient Partners page. You will be able to read a brief description about each of the wonderful programs and schools, as well as link to their websites for further reading.
Should you desire a tax-deductible receipt, one can be provided. Simply check a box at signup or send us a message via email.