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Casey’s Teen Gift Drive Set for Sunday, Dec. 11th from 4:00-6:00 PM

For the eighth consecutive year, Casey’s Grill & Bar in Wakefield is sponsoring a holiday gift drive for Washington County’s teens in need. People who drop off an unwrapped gift on Sunday, December 11 between 4-6 pm will be treated to Santa, caroling, eggnog, cider and a complimentary buffet.

“Old enough to understand financial hardship, many disadvantaged families rely heavily on teens to help care for younger kids, cook meals, etc.,” notes WCCC Coordinator Susan Orban. “In tough times, teens are also often expected to do go without. “As a result, they can feel even more isolated and left out. We hold the gift drive to let them know they’re never forgotten,” she says.

“This has become an important tradition for us at Casey’s,” states General Manager Noelle Brousseau. “Every year has been more fun. It’s a wonderful way to serve a group of kids who are often forgotten at a time when they should feel closest to their communities.” Brousseau reports that local businesses, charitable organizations, and community members, including many URI students and faculty members, collected nearly $4,000 worth of gifts, gift certificates, and cash donations last December. The Washington County Coalition for Children (WCCC) distributes the unwrapped gifts to local human services agencies who serve families with teens.

“Casey’s has been a fantastic and generous partner,” Orban says. “We depend on area sponsors and volunteers. Casey’salways steps up.”

Lots of gift possibilities

Orban suggests that ideas for teen gifts include: T-shirts, pajamas, slippers, hooded sweatshirts, caps, socks, Red Sox jersey/cap, watches, skateboards, sports equipment, MP3 music players, board games, or arts and craft supplies. “You can also think ‘stocking stuffers,” she adds, “such as nail polish, lip gloss, toiletries, body lotion, perfume/cologne, hair clips, jewelry, stationery, or CDs.” She also proposes gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants for meals, bike supplies, music, DVDs, books, clothing, sporting goods, manicures, hair salon, movie passes, sports events, bowling, skating, ice cream, pizza, or fast-food. “We also accept cash donations,” Orban points out. Unwrapped gifts should be brought to Casey’s on Sunday, December 11 from 4-6 pm.

“Everyone on our staff contributes in some way to make the gift drive successful each year,” says Brousseau. “The joy and holiday spirit can truly be felt throughout the restaurant. I hope generous gift givers will stay and celebrate the season with us.”