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    November 29, 2018
    HARVARD, Mass., November 29, 2018 – Bromfield Cares, the school club that teaches students volunteerism and service, today announced that their two Giving Trees have too many mitten ornaments! Every paper mitten hanging on a tree is a gift request from a child in need (ages newborn and up) who resides at one of several local shelters. Some paper mittens request toys, like balls and dolls, however, many request staples like shoes, slippers, and diapers.
    Bromfield Cares asks that the Harvard Public School/Community please stop by and take a mitten or two off the Giving Trees and take them with you as you embark on your holiday shopping. The gift you purchase will go to a child from one of several local shelters and programs, including Transitions at Devens, LUK in Fitchburg, and DCF. Your gift donations must be wrapped with the corresponding mitten attached. Bromfield Cares will also gratefully accept monetary donations made out to "Bromfield Cares" to buy gifts for the giving tree, as well as donations of new toys, baby supplies, and clothes and use them for the Giving Trees. The deadline to bring in a wrapped gift with your mitten attached is Friday, Dec 14th to the Bromfield School.
    “Not everyone is able to have a happy holiday. The Giving Tree is one way that we can help local children experience the joy of the season,” explained Trish Nilan, Advisor, Bromfield Cares. “We help these local children get much needed items like clothes, as well as toys and games that all kids want through our two Giving Trees. The Harvard community has been so generous and supportive of the project that we have been able to touch over 1,000 children in the past 10 years. We are hoping to help more than 100 children in need this year, with the town's wonderful support.”
    Three Giving Tree Options
    1. Stop by and take a mitten, buy and wrap the gift requested, return to the Giving Tree at Bromfield School by 12/14.
    2. Donate unwrapped (new) toys, baby supplies, and clothes to Bromfield School by 12/14.
    3. Write a check to “Bromfield Cares” for a monetary donation to support gift buying for the Giving Tree and deliver your check to Bromfield School by 12/14.
    Thank You from All of Us at Bromfield Cares!
    The club, which is open to the entire school, conducts many drives for charity throughout the year, including a Coats for Kids drive which currently runs through January 6th. At Thanksgiving time, Bromfield Cares embarked on ‘Holiday with Heart” mission and delivered over 20 tons of fresh produce to area Veteran homes, food pantries, shelters and churches. Bromfield Cares will also be embarking on a service trip to New Orleans over February Vacation week to help rebuild homes devastated by hurricane Katrina and recent flooding.
    For more info, email Bromfield Science Teacher & Bromfield Cares Advisor, Trish Nilan at: pnilan@psharvard.org
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