Local 1554T Wraps Up its 21st Year of Adopting Local Families
Local 1554T of the New England Joint Board, UNITE HERE of Coventry, RI, has wrapped up its 2013 Christmas Giving Tree Program. After 20 years of adopting local families at Christmas we have again kept the tradition alive as we wrap up our twenty first year. Once again the tree went up and the tags with the names of children who would have not had a Christmas went on the tree. Since the program’s modest beginning in 1992, the Local has worked with various agencies to sponsor families from Coventry, West Warwick, Cranston, Scituate, Foster, Warwick, Providence, Westerly, Central Falls and Narragansett. This year was no different. This year with a lot of help from its members and donations made by many generous companies, restaurants and other many individuals, we are able to assist seven families, which included eleven boys and nine girls from different parts of Rhode Island, plus an additional number of kids through donations to other drives. Each of our adopted families received a $50 gift certificate for food, clothes, as well as toys. Through the history of the program this year brought the total to more than 92 families and several hundred individual children through other drives.
Each year there is never a shortage of families which, for whatever their situation, need a little support. We at Local 1554T hope that the people and organizations which have made donations this year and in the past will continue in the future so we can continue to keep Christmas alive for the children of our area.
All of us at Local 1554T would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
Brian Coutu President
Richard Rupp Vice President
Byron Carrington Sec/Treasurer
Local 1554T – New England Joint Board – UNITE HERE