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Over 2,200 care packages donated and counting!

What is "It Takes a Village"?

“It Takes a Village” is a way to give back to our communities during this holiday season. The current global pandemic has made it tough for many local organizations to provide for families in need. In person events like toy drives have become difficult to operate safely, so we’re taking it online! “It Takes a Village” works with these organizations to bring cheer to children experiencing homelessness this holiday season. We believe all children should have access to fun playthings, but especially this magical time of year!

How does it work?

We've partnered with some amazing local nonprofit groups who help children in need in our communities. These organizations provide us with the age and interests of individual children who could benefit from our program. When a care package is donated, we create a curated gift based on the child's age and unique interests with a focus on entertainment items to help keep kids busy and having fun. The package is then delivered directly to the child either through the nonprofit or shipped through the United States Postal Service, and playtime begins. Donate by December 11th, 2020 to help us deliver these packages in time for the holidays!

Who do the care packages go to?

Some of the care package recipients are living in low-income households who are missing the support of public schooling, and some are children of families experiencing homelessness. All care packages stay within our local communities on the north shore, in the great Boston area, or around Providence, Rhode Island. When we help the children of our communities, we make the entire community stronger!

How else does Henry Bear's Park Help?

Henry Bear's Park matches 25% of all donations raised -- so for every 100 care packages donated, we add another 25 care packages from our end. In addition, we take care of all the logistics such as coordinating with various non-profit partners and creating, packing, & shipping these to the families. Any “business” generated for Henry Bear’s Park will go only to pay the employees who are helping create and deliver these packages. We are not in this for any financial benefit to us. The only benefit we derive is knowing that we are doing our part to help those who need us the most right now.

A Few Testimonials

"At a time like this, it’s good to be reminded how good people are. Thank you for thinking of my kids and for giving them the opportunity to play."

"We would like to express our gratitude to the many people and organizations who have displayed such tremendous care and sensitivity to our family in this time of crisis. The toys were such a wonderful gift, and they are so very appreciated by our children!"

"In these isolating times, it is crucial for children of all ages to be playing with toys, using their imagination, thinking creatively, and truly having fun. Living in shelter is incredibly challenging, especially for children, but Henry Bear’s Park has given the opportunity for kids to just be kids."

How can you get involved?

Help us get the word out by sharing and liking our posts on social media

Contact us at customer_care@henrybear.com for more information on how to partner with us!

Who We Partner With