No, this is not a joke, and yes, we are aware that it is still the middle of the summer! But, at Children’s Friend, the Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive planning starts while the weather is warm and summer is in full swing. There’s still plenty of time for beach trips and BBQs, but we are readying our lists, preparing our staff, and reaching out to our volunteers, and community and corporate teams who make this wonderful event happen each year.
We’re not alone in this crazy summer holiday planning! Our good friends at the Joseph Silva Memorial Foundation have also been extra busy this year, establishing the foundation in his memory and holding a ton of inaugural events to continue to carry out the charitable works that Joe Silva achieved during his lifetime.
For over twenty years, Joe generously supported our Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive through his annual Christmas Drive Dinner. As the number of families in need grew, Joe made sure that there were enough gifts each year with the support of the East Providence Knights of Columbus, so many local businesses and community partners, friends, and family.
Joe’s elves are ensuring that this amazing legacy lives on. Children’s Friend has already been the beneficiary of the Foundation with in-kind donations of baby supplies, clothing, diapers and other essentials this spring and summer. For their next event, the Foundation will be holding their own Spirit of Giving Kick Off Dinner on Saturday, August 22nd at the East Providence Knights of Columbus. For more information about the Joseph Silva Foundation and their upcoming activities, please go towww.joesfoundation.org and join us in our summer Holiday Drive activities!