Make A Difference Foundation

It all started at Thanksgiving in 1991 when Bob McCann’s wife, Ann, read an article in the Providence Journal Bulletin (before the internet) that turkey donations were down for the year by over 1,000 compared to the previous year.  There were less than three days to go until Thanksgiving Day.

Bob and Ann decided to buy a turkey and bring it to a shelter themselves.  On the way back from the shelter, Ann suggested that Bob call a few friends to ask them if they would be able to donate turkeys as well.  Within a three-day period, enough money was raised to purchase over 40 turkeys!

The Make A Difference Foundation was then developed as a result of several individuals who wanted to directly benefit families in need during the holiday season.  Because of their efforts as well as the continuing efforts of our current Advisory Committee, over 66,000 turkeys have been distributed over the last 27 years.  The goal for 2018 is to help at least 3,000 families.  It is hoped that as the word spreads of this method of aiding families, more individuals will contribute, allowing the organization to assist even more families.

These turkeys are distributed throughout Rhode Island and 100% of the monetary contributions are used for charitable purposes.  No part of the contributions goes to pay for the expenses of travel, storage, or delivery of the food.  This is all performed by unpaid volunteers. 

We all feel that this is a great opportunity to Make a Difference in the lives of so many people here in the State of Rhode Island.  Below is a list of just some of the organizations that we have been able to help over the years:

North Kingstown Food Bank                           Providence Rescue Mission

Camp Street Ministries                                      YWCA

New Life Community Church                         Lockwood Pantry

Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School         AIDS Care

Living Hope Assembly of God                         St. Vincent DePaul

Olney Street Baptist Church                           Operation Stand Down

Park View Middle School                                   Johnston Senior Center

Olney St. Baptist Church                                   Emmanuel Lutheran Church

DARE                                                                             Providence Housing Authority

Oasis International                                               John F. Deering Middle School

Smith Hill Community Dev.                             New Hope Church

  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 19 mos
  • Bob Mancini 
    • $200 
    • 19 mos
  • Daisy Burns 
    • $25 
    • 20 mos
  • Steven Bernache 
    • $70 
    • 20 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 20 mos
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Shannon Kay Russell 
Providence, RI
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