The season for giving

- posted Dec, 13 2012

REGIONAL- It's the season for giving, but for the adolescent residents at the Access Community Action Agency’s Emergency Shelter, Hawkins House, and Crossroads transitional living programs, the gift of the Holiday Spirit can often fall short. The “Giving Tree” is decorated with ornaments that have a residents’ wish for a particular gift. For the past two years the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitationhas provided a “Giving Tree” to Hawkins House, a nine bed P.A.S.S. (Preparing Adolescents for Self Sufficiency) level group home that serves female adolescents between the ages of 14 and 20 years old in Danielson. The volunteers deliver the gifts to the group homes and place them under the tree. The adolescent gift list includes: blank CD’s, boys/girls curtains, bath and body works lotions, body sprays, men and women socks, art supplies, nail polish, make-up, head phones, speakers to connect to ipod or computer, chocolate, movie passes, magnetic dart boards, Itune gift cards, Dunkin Donuts gift cards, battery operated handheld games , Iron Gym Pull up Bar, gloves, white t-shirts. Access is asking the community to help keep the spirit alive this Holiday season for our youths and bring the “Giving Tree” to the Emergency Shelter, Hawkins House, and Crossroads. Community members who would like to continue this wonderful act of charity can contact the Community Engagement Associate Elisha Sherman at 860-450-7400, ext. 7456 or

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