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
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