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Here Comes the Gingerbread Express!

Gingerbread Express at an elementary school.What do needy Rhode Island students get when they become part of the NEARI Children’s Fund Gingerbread Express program? Last year, they were happy to receive a share of over 13,000 gifts bought on their behalf by NEARI members and friends during the holiday season.

The Gingerbread Express links our members and friends with public school students who may be facing a bleak, gift-less holiday season. Each of these students designs a gingerbread cookie cutout listing information about his/her clothing needs and gift wishes. The cutouts are then distributed anonymously to donors willing to fill the requests.  Sign up as soon as possible - gifts must be wrapped and turned in by December 5.

This program has embraced thousands of needy children since its inception 19 years ago. In many instances, the gifts from the Gingerbread Express have been the only gifts the child has received. What a great way to feel the magic of the season!

Sign up from October to mid November to sponsor a child -- contact Valerie Staples vstaples@nea.org and she will send you a gingerbread cutout.  Please help us help these kids....let's give them a holiday they will always remember.

Amazing Members - Dana Ramey
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