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Michaelah Noelle Nunes is an amazing young women!
Michaelah has competed for 4 years in the Miss New Bedford’s Outstanding Teen pageant.
This is her second consecutive year hosting a community drive to benefit GiftsToGive as part of her chosen platform, titled A Real Life Science Experiment: The Ripple Effect.
Michaelah intends to show others how even the smallest form of contribution, much like a drop in a small pond, can have a ripple effect, reaching far and wide.Read More »
Today we met a most perfect grandmother, Jeanne Plourde and one of two young philanthropists; Galaxy.
Galaxy told us that she and her cousin Olivia had two backpacks full of school supplies to donate, for two children that were not as lucky as she and her cousin!
Talk about the power of giving!
We asked grandmother Jeanne to send us a note about how this all happened and here is what she wrote –Read More »
Q: What do you get when you mix nine Berkley Brownies with 500 pounds of gently-used, children’s clothes donations?
A: Enough warm winter clothes, inspected, sorted and organized to help 24 local children receive a great gift package!
Photos from their afternoon are here.
Here is an email we received from their leadership team – ” Thank you so much for allowing our Brownie Girl Scout Troop to come and volunteer at GiftsToGive and showing them that they can be an important part of helping others no matter how old they are. We had such a wonderful experience. The girls, at eight and nine years of age, were saying things like “this was awesome”, “it was a good experience”, and that “it felt good to help”.Read More »
The winners of Tabor Academy’s first quarter “Green Wars” competition, were the 25 young women in Baxter House! They collectively chose to give back.
Under the careful eye of the dorm’s “dean of green,” junior Sara Kosicki, the Baxter House residents were declared the campus’s best and most conscientious recyclers. As a result, money accumulated at the redemption center was given to the Baxter girls as a prize for their dorm’s thoughtful approach to caring for the planet. Rather than use the money for a weekend pizza party, the girls chose to use the money to buy socks and underwear. Why? Because they answered our call for help! Our supply of new socks and underwear, essentials many take for granted, is dangerously low. Hearing this, these amazing students acted!Read More »
This week we met sixteen students from Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton.
Photos from our day are here
We talked as a group about child poverty, the importance of education and graduating high school. We talked about giving, philanthropy, making a difference, social justice, big citizenship, the power of one, the power of a group and then we went to work. These sixteen students inspected, cleaned and processed enough great stuff to allow us to help three dozen local children in-need. How great is that?Read More »
Today we are listening to Gabriela; you should too!
Forty high school and college student leaders and select faculty, facilitated a three hour “Teach-in” revolving around the history of the voting rights movement, the activism and specifically, how students made a difference then and can again. The program also focused on the importance of voting and participating citizenship. (Day after local press here).Read More »
A story about her visit with her classmates, from Emma. Photos from their day are here.
It’s a Saturday in Acushnet, and a group of students from Rising Tide Charter Public High School are spending it sorting clothes. Rising Tide’s Community Action Club has been planning their December 19 trip to GiftsToGive for weeks, and twenty five students arrived in the sprawling warehouse building excited to work.Read More »
We met a most remarkable, twelve year-old on Saturday. Emma is a student at Kickemuit Middle School. For her CCD Project, she collected enough things for us to be able to help several dozen kids who don’t have the basic things they need. We asked her why? What this amazing twelve year-old told us, inspires us to do more and be better!
“My grandfather is a long time high school coach and every season he has had his sports teams spend time volunteering at the GiftsToGive facility. Over the years the teams have also conducted book, toy, clothing and new sock drives.Read More »
We met a most remarkable young woman on Saturday, Jessie Barbosa. Photos from our day are here.
Jessie is a student at Bridgewater State University. She organized a day of service with several groups on campus. We asked Jessie to write about their experience, she had this to say – “On Saturday a group of Bridgewater State University students from multiple backgrounds, majors, and ages volunteered their time and services to GiftsToGive in Acushnet. This community service was made possible by a collaboration between The Center of Multicultural Affairs, Men Integrated in Brotherhood and the Community Service Office, which all form part of Bridgewater State University’s clubs and organizations. The students arrived around 9:00am, registered and then received a short orientation, which allowed them to understand the organization’s mission and familiarize themselves with the building.Read More »
Our Student Intern, Jonathan Klinker, makes the news! We are all so very proud of him!
Reprint from (WJAR, NBC 10) — 18-year old, Jonathan Klinker has earned 141 merit badges during his time with the Boy Scouts.
“I’m about one of 5 in the nation or so that has earned 141 and one in scouting history that have earned all the merit badges,” said Klinker.
Klinker has mastered many skills and many consider him a jack of all trades including woodcarving, canoeing, swimming and emergency preparedness.
What makes Klinker’s accomplishment so rare is that one only needs 21 merit badges to become an Eagle Scout. In fact, there are only 137 badges available right now.
Other badges available include water sports and even nuclear science.
The teen has also raised thousands of dollars for St. Christopher’s Church in Tiverton and remolded a half century old bathroom, all by himself.
Although he’s proud of his accomplishments, Klinker says it has a greater meaning.
“It’s sort of about giving back to the community and making the world a better place,” said Klinker.
The Eagle Scout will be heading off to college and hopes other young scouts will follow in his footsteps and become a leader.
We came away from our day today – inspired! Wareham Middle School Student Council Members redefined altruism for us. Talk about the power of one and then multiply that by a factor of forty!
Photos from our day are here.
Wendy Brogioli, Student Council Advisor for the Wareham Middle School wrote – “Thank you very much for allowing us to help at GiftsToGive today. It was amazing to see such a big place filled with so many things that will be given to families in need. We had a great time sorting all of those toys, clothes, and books. This is one of the best field trips we’ve been on – mostly because we were helping kids, but also because it was fun. We’ll be back!Read More »
News from GiftsToGive
What a terrific afternoon! Photos HERE With the leadership and mentoring of UMASS Dartmouth students – students from Roosevelt Middle School and Scouts from New Bedford Read More »
Every once in-a-while, we’re flabbergasted and we don’t flabbergast easily! Nicole Long, one of our earliest adopters wrote last week – “SO PROUD of my niece Abby Read More »
We’ve been overwhelmed with gift requests from local children’s agencies for warm winter clothing! We need help from local families, for children’s items; clothes, books, shoes, Read More »