Thrive donates gifts for children in its Youth & Family Services program

WARWICK – More than 120 families received gifts for children this year as a result of Thrive Behavioral Health Inc.’s virtual giving tree.

The effort benefited kids in Thrive’s Youth & Family Services program.

More than 300 gifts were collected for 127 families, along with more than $1,700 in donations for Thrive’s Make A Child’s Holiday Brighter Fund.

Thrive employees and its board of directors were joined in the drive by Greenwood Credit Union, Corner Office Financial, Rhode Island State Energy Center and members of the community.

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In place of Thrive’s annual holiday party, employees set up a COVID-safe drive-thru to distribute gifts on Dec. 18.

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the organization’s party, it didn’t dampen spirits, said Barbara Lamoureux, Thrive’s vice president of youth and family services.

“By making our Giving Tree virtual this year, we were able to continue with our tradition to ensure that the children in our program would still have something special to open this holiday season,” she said. “We are incredibly thankful for the many gift donations and monetary pledges from local community and staff. With this outpouring of support, we have been able to truly make each and every one of these children’s holidays brighter.”

Elizabeth Graham is a PBN contributing writer.