MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A local non-profit on the Northshore is bringing holiday cheer to a number of kids and homeless adults.
Spur is wrapping up their annual Holiday Cheer Drive. The drive works with school counselors, social workers, food pantry directors and other social service providers to give “winter essentials” and other meaningful gifts to children and adults experiencing homelessness in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott.
“We work with over a dozen agencies in the area to identify individuals, both kids and adults, who otherwise would not be receiving bundles of cheer/holiday gifts this holiday season,” said Executive Director Lynn Krasker.
She added that this year’s drive was a great success because the organization found 600 sponsors to pay for a bundle of presents created specifically for each child and adult.
“We have 598 bundles that have already been fulfilled, which is amazing,” Krasker said. “We’re fully funded this year, which is just absolutely incredible.”
Each bundle of cheer is determined by the caseworkers and counselors who work directly with the individual recipient. They submit a wish list that often includes items the individual wants and needs like something to wear or read.
The wish list helps sponsors directly connect with the recipients and get a sense of their personality. Spur said this insight “allows sponsors to shop with ease and be assured that the items selected will be appreciated and will bring the recipient joy.”
More information about Spur and the Cheer Drive can be found on the organization's website.
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