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SPUR Holiday Cheer

Our annual Holiday Cheer Drive jumps into full swing tomorrow, as we invite you and others from our communities to meet the needs of nearly 600 local children, as well as adults who are experiencing homelessness this Holiday season.

Embarking on our fourth year of the drive, recipients who reside in, or attend school in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott submit a wish list through their school counselor, homeless education liaison, food pantry director or social worker noting requests in the categories of want, need, wear and read.  

Socks.  Underwear.  Sheets.  Tie for a job interview.  A video game for a community room gaming console. These gift, provide a child or adult a shared experience or basic necessity which many of us don't think twice about.

Your sponsorship of a wish list or financial gift toward our drive will directly impact a local life, lift a burden and connect you deeper to a neighbor.

Community members interested in sponsoring a wish list are invited to visit our office, 6 Anderson Street Marblehead, between 9a-5p weekdays to select a wish list (to shop from), a name tag (to add a personalized note) and a pillowcase (over 400 of which were handmade throughout the year by volunteers, to places your gift in).  

Filled Bundles of Cheer are due by December 6. A full list of locations to both sponsor a wish list and drop off your filled Bundle of Cheer can be found here.

Ways to get involved

While the majority of our drive is supported through direct sponsorship of wish lists, there are associated expenses with executing a drive to this scale.  As an organization, we cover supplemental items needed for Bundles of Cheer, fulfill pledged but unreturned Bundles of Cheer, incur printing costs for the 600 wish lists/name tags and sustain the drive infrastructure at a cost of approximately $3,500.

If shopping for a specific individual doesn't work with your schedule, consider this vital way to make an impact this Holiday season.  Give a tax-deductible gift here.

Other ways to get involved:
  • Donate supplemental items to be added as needed to returned Bundles of Cheer.  The most common items include, Market Basket gift cards, sports balls, board games for 10+, teen boy hygiene products, winter hats/gloves of all sizes (all new items).
  • If sponsoring a $100-150 Bundle of Cheer is outside your Holiday budget, consider joining with another family or encouraging your office/sports group to collectively sponsor. Our goal at SPUR is to provide opportunities for everyone to engage in meaningful ways and acknowledge the great impact we each make, at our own level. 
  • Volunteer.  Beginning the first week of December, we will host a number of volunteer opportunities at our office for Bundle of Cheer check-in and gift wrapping.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, or keep an eye on your inbox for the opportunity to sign-up.
Learn more about how to make a difference with us year-round.

Save the date!
December 4

In the midst of Holiday giving, don't miss special savings & opportunities to treat yourself!
Shop Vineyard Vines in Lynnfield on Wednesday, December 4 between 11a - 1p and let them know you're participating in the SPUR 10/10 event.  You will receive 10% off your purchase and Vineyard Vines will donate 10% of the purchase during the promotion period to SPUR.
Shop Kendra Scott in Lynnfield on Wednesday, December 4 between 11a - 1p and receive 20% off your purchase!  Treat yourself during this special Kendra Gives Back event and 20% of the profits accrued during the event will be donated SPUR.
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