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Three Organizations To Sponsor Toy And Food Drive For Children and Families on Providence’s West Side

PROVIDENCE, RI, December 9, 2010—The Providence Police Department’s District 4 Substation, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA), and the Federal Hill House Association (FHHA) are …

PROVIDENCE, RI, December 9, 2010—The Providence Police Department’s District 4 Substation, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA), and the Federal Hill House Association (FHHA) are holding a holiday toy and food drive for needy children and families of Providence’s West Side starting Monday, December 4. This is he first time the three groups are holding the drive together. In conjunction with the drive, diners who donate a new toy at the two 1149 Restaurant locations—Seekonk and East Greenwich—will get a free dessert.

Donations of an unwrapped new toy, new children’s clothes, or a non-perishable food item will be accepted at five locations: the Federal Hill House on Courtland Street, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association on Westminster Street, the District 4 Substation on Cranston Street, Palmieri’s Bakery on Ridge Street, and Westside Eyewear on Atwells Avenue. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The drive ends Friday, December 17. For more information about the drive or to make a donation, contact Bethany Nicholson, Federal Hill House Association at 401-421-4722.

“Officers at a substation like ours get to know the people in their areas well,” says Lt. Luis San Lucas, District 4 Commander, Providence Police Department (cityof.providenceri.com/police). “Providence's West Side has one of the highest rates of poverty among children under the age of 18 in Providence while more than 36 percent of the area's families live below the poverty line. The officers at District 4 believe we have a heart-felt obligation at this time to bring whatever hope and happiness we can to the community's needy, even if it's only a glimmer.”

The toys will be distributed on December 18 at the District 4 Police Substation from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The food donations will be distributed from the Federal Hill House’s community center at 9 Courtland Street on December 19. A holiday dinner for needy families will be held on December 19th at FHHA’s community center from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. For more information about the toy and food drive, contact Bethany Nicholson, Federal Hill House Association at 401-421-4722.

“West Side neighbors are invited to share the spirit of community during this holiday season by donating a toy, food, or volunteering their time,” say Kari Lang, executive director, WBNA. “Neighbor participation is the foundation for building a stronger community. The WBNA is honored to be a part of this first time event with the District 4 Substation of the Providence Police Department and the Federal Hill House.”

“This is the first time the three organizations have joined forces to sponsor an event like this,” says Nina Pande, executive director, Federal Hill House Association. “The idea for the drive was conceived by the Providence Police Department, which then contacted us and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association. The drive comes at a time when needy children and families living on Providence’s West side could use a real boost. We’re hoping to make the drive an annual event.”

About the WNBA

Established in 1983, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play. For more information about the WBNA, please visit thier Web site (www.wbna.org) or call 401.831.9344.

About the FHHA

The Federal Hill House Association is a Providence human services agency serving a diverse community and delivering a wide range of client-focused services. Founded in 1887, it was formed as a settlement house to help Italian immigrants become acclimated to the New World and assimilate into the community. Today, the Federal Hill House has evolved into a multi-ethnic, social service nonprofit agency offering services designed to improve quality of life.

For more information about the Federal Hill House Association and its programs, contact the Federal Hill House Association, 9 Courtland Street, Providence, RI 02909, Tel: 401-421-4722. E-mail: fhh@federalhillhouse.org

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Contact:

Bethany Nicholson

Federal Hill House Association

Tel: 401-421-4722

FAX: 401-421-4725

E-mail: bnicholson@federalhillhouse.org

Web Site: www.federalhillhouse.org

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