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Since the COVID pandemic has changed the way we all operate in our daily lives, we have all had to 
refocus and find new ways to do things. 

We are unable to have students in the warehouse to help with sorting and basic day to day tasks, but that hasn't stopped them from giving back. In fact, we have seen an increase in student service projects this year. Students are learning, and many seeing first hand, the importance of our mission to support those most in need and they are stepping up to do their part. 

Project 351, a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization that encourages community service among 8th grade students, has brought us students from all over the state. These students each took their time to make a "Annie's Kindness Blanket" and deliver it in a special bag, which explains the meaning behind the blankets, which will be given to local individuals as they come to the warehouse to pick up clothing and other basic items. These blankets have brought smiles to all who have been receiving them and we are so thankful to the students who have taken their time to make and deliver them. 

We have also had many students set up collections for our most needed items. These have been so crucial to our operation right now, because we are assisting more families and individuals than ever and basic items are going out the doors just as fast as they are coming in. Without these students, we would never be able to keep up. 

Several student collections have come to us from the Wilmington High School Service Learning class, taught by Margie Dunlap. In this class,  students research and evaluate local, national, and global charitable and humanitarian organizations to gain a greater understanding of the value of service. These students will then create and implement a service project to meet a need in the community. We have received car load after car load of warm winter clothing, winter coats, hats, gloves, cleaning products, and personal hygiene products from several students in this class. Thank you Rachel, Jess, Annie, Ida, and Zoe for your hard work in and out of class. 

A huge thank you goes out to these amazing students, who have played a huge part in making our mission possible during these difficult times. 


WINTER WISHES OPEN YOUR HEART ONLINE AUCTION 
Save the Date
 

At our "Winter Wishes Open Your Heart" online auction, February 8th - 11th, there will be lots of auction items perfect for gift giving for your special Valentine! Stay tuned for more details on how to participate. 


Like many non profit organizations, in person fundraisers are still not possible. Because of this, we will be turning to technology to make our biggest fundraiser of the year possible. This years Winter Wishes will look different from years past, but we are so excited to share what's coming!  We will be having an on-line auction February 8th-11th with a Valentine's theme.  Purchased items can be picked up before Valentine's Day for easy gifting!  We have gone out of our way to include the usual items that people always love - gift baskets, gift certificates, lottery tickets, etc., but we have also included several very fun and different items, as well! 
All proceeds go to support our mission, which has never been needed more than it has during this time of COVID.  

This year, The Wish Project has supplied clients with thousands of face masks, thousands of paper products and hand sanitizer, hundreds of house cleaning kits and hundreds of headphones, for children to use while home schooling - these things were not planned!  But we are able to make it happen thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers and our generous donors.

If you would like to Sponsor the event, please also check our webpage Valentine Winter Wishes Open Your Heart Auction or call Grace (866-947-4360) as there are many sponsorship levels available.
 

BUT FIRST, we need to collect items to sell on our auction! 
For more information on items we are looking for please follow the link to our website for all the details 


If you have an auction item to donate please contact Grace at grace@thewishproject.org.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK 

Staff Member, Lori, talks about the great work Massachusetts students are doing with Project 351.

Take a look! 


THANK YOU

We are assisting more families than ever right now and basic needs are going out just as fast as they are coming in. Because of this, we are relying heavily on our generous donors. These donors make it possible for us to continue to assist our neighbors most in need. Thank you to the following for their generous monetary donations and donations of new goods to support our ongoing emergency relief

Brian and Rosanne Colcord, Schneider Electric North America Foundation, Lois Ava-Matthew, Merrimack Valley Chapter AACN, Venier Family Charitable Fund, Sports Madness LLC, Ellen Lee Pratt, Stephen R Blatt, Rosemary Torpey, Clarkston-Potomac Group Inc, IBM Employee Services Center, United Way of Washtenaw County, Benjamin and Sharla Tracy, Filomena Scibelli, Kathleen and Robert Aylward, Claire C Armstrong, Laurence D Johnston, TisBest Philanthropy, Stephen and Debra Flynn, Susan Lemire, Nancy Spinney, Jennifer Klaassens, Michelle D, Max Meilleur, Amanda Uglietta, Emily Iarocci, Stephanie Baker, Catherine Daly, Erika Hanley-Onken, Michael Grega, Natalie and Soriya Thach, Pamela Meinhardt, Elyse Barry, Cathy Vennard, Karen Bacchi, Katelyn Melvin,and Alyssa Camire.

We have recently made some changes in the way we are tracking our incoming donations. As we use this new technology, we ask for your patience and understanding. We have discovered a few errors that may have resulted in some donors not receiving a thank you letter. Please
know that your gift was received and very much appreciated. If you need documentation for tax purposes, please email tina@thewishproject.org .

As always, we are continuing to receive donations shipped anonymously to the warehouse. We are so very grateful for all of these donations. 
WEEKLY WISH LIST

Lysol Spray
Laundry Detergent Pods
Dish Soap
Hand Soap
Men's Long Sleeve Shirts (sizes small and medium)
Baking Pans
Cookie Sheets
Large Spoons
Microwaves
Double Strollers (that accept infant car seats)
Baby Swings


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About Us  
The Mission of The Wish Project is to help families in need in Merrimack Valley. 
Find out more on our website www.TheWishProject.org 
or call us at 
(866) 947-4360.  

Our New mailing address is: The Wish Project PO Box 8693 Lowell, Ma 01853


We are located at: 
166 Middlesex St North Chelmsford behind Hertz car rental

Clothing and household goods can be dropped off during our open hours without an appointment, Tuesday-Saturday 9-2:30pm. When donating furniture please call first to make sure we have the space 866-947-4360 x2 or email donategoods@thewishproject.org . 


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