WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY CHEER DRIVE?
Through the SPUR Holiday Cheer Drive, we work with school counselors, social workers, food pantry directors, and other social service providers to give winter essentials along with a few meaningful gifts to over 600 children as well as adults experiencing homelessness in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott.
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:
Financially support our drive by making a tax-deductible gift. Your monetary gift will help ensure expenses associated with our Holiday Cheer drive are covered, such as procuring items for unreturned wish lists, and help ensure that we have the continued capacity to run the Holiday Cheer Drive.
WHAT GOES IN THE BUNDLE OF CHEER?
Working with each individual recipient, the caseworkers and counselors submit a wish list that includes items the individual wants, items the individual needs, items to wear, and something to read. This wish list is a guide so Sponsors have the opportunity to connect personally and get a sense of the recipient's personality. This insight allows Sponsors to shop with ease and be assured that the items selected will be appreciated and will bring the recipient joy.
Pint Size and Up in Marblehead has graciously offered to give 20% off any purchases from their store that are being placed into SPUR's Holiday Cheer bundles. Simply bring your wishlist to the register to receive the discount.
CAN I JUST FILL MY BUNDLE OF CHEER AS I SEE FIT?
We encourage Sponsors to use the provided wish list as a guide to buying gifts for a Bundle of Cheer. Wish lists are created with intention between the children and their counselor- to fit the needs and desires of that participant. All items must be new and we suggest the target value of the bundle to be around $100-150.
CAN I WRAP ITEMS IN MY BUNDLE OF CHEER?
We ask that all items be unwrapped. During our Workshops, we wrap a minimum of one item per Bundle of Cheer. As the date approaches, we will post volunteer signups on our website.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE WORKSHOPS?
Volunteers carefully open and check Bundles to ensure items inside are new and age-appropriate. A minimum of one item is wrapped per Bundle of Cheer.
I WOULD LIKE TO HELP BUT CAN’T COMMIT TO SPONSORING AN ENTIRE WISH LIST. CAN I STILL HELP?
Absolutely! If you cannot commit to sponsoring an entire wish list, consider partnering with another family, making a financial contribution toward a wish list, or donating new items we can draw from to fill partial or unsponsored wish lists.
IS MY GIFT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
If you have made a monetary donation to SPUR's Holiday Cheer Drive you will receive a donor acknowledgment letter detailing your annual giving through SPUR in January. If you fulfill a Bundle of Cheer we recommend saving receipts for any gifts you purchase towards the Holiday Cheer Drive, as you will need to submit those to your tax professional to claim a donation. SPUR is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.