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Cumberland Happy Basket 26th Year

It is expected that more than 700 food baskets will be distributed for Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2016 in the Cumberland area.  The program which delivered its first basket in 1992 will have distributed more than 13,000 baskets after this holiday season.

Donations of all kinds are welcome. Items that are needed include:

  • fresh vegetables
  • canned or jarred gravy
  • dressing mix
  • canned goods of all kinds
  • bread and rolls

These items can be dropped off at the Cumberland Senior Center located at the Monastery at 1464 Diamond Hill Road.

Financial contributions are also being sought in order to purchase turkeys, fresh vegetables, dry goods and bread. Checks should be made payable to “The HAPPY Basket Program” and mailed to P.O. Box 7611; Cumberland, RI 02864.

One hundred percent of money donated goes to the purchase of food, clothing or toys. No donated money is used to cover expenses i.e. cardboard boxes, postage, mailings, etc.  All donated toys are given away before Christmas. No toys are stockpiled for the next year.

Anyone wishing to volunteer a few hours of their time in sorting donations, wrapping gifts and assembling baskets is asked to check the calendar of events page or call John Johnson at 487-1282. Baskets for the Thanksgiving giveaway will be put together Thursday, November 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Senior Center.