United Way of Pioneer Valley Announces “Hope for the Holidays” Gift Drive

United Way of Pioneer Valley Announces “Hope for the Holidays” Gift Drive

Springfield, MA (11/15/2021)—United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) is excited to announce Hope for the Holidays, a holiday gift drive to ensure that all families have the same opportunity to enjoy the Holiday season and that all youth have the chance to do what’s most important for them: play and have fun.”

We will work with our trusted and valued community partners such as Mercy Medical Center, the Hilltown Community Center, the Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Christina’s House, public schools in Monson and Palmer, and local libraries.

“United Way of Pioneer Valley sees this program as an important opportunity to bring both action and the chance to get involved with communities that are sometimes overlooked,” says Paul Mina, President & CEO. ”From downtown to the hilltowns, we see how many families are struggling across Hampden County and we’re doing our best to make sure they receive the holiday cheer every family deserves.”

In collaboration with Mercy Medical Center, we will be holding Fill the Fiat: an in-person toy donation event where we will fill a vintage Fiat 500 outside our office with holiday gifts for those in need. Details of this event will be announced at a later date.

“It is truly an honor for Mercy Medical Center and Trinity Health Of New England to work with the United Way, continuing its mission and commitment to serving those in need. By partnering with the United Way of Pioneer Valley, this Fill the Fiat campaign will help bring educational toys and much needed clothing to those children in need in downtown Springfield and the eastern and western parts of Hampden County. We are blessed to have this opportunity to serve,” said Paul L. Mancinone, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mercy Medical Center

Hope for the Holidays is seeking educational toys, as well as socks and pajamas, for infants and children through age 12.

For those wishing to get involved, collection bins and our suggested donation list can be found at www.uwpv.org/hope. We are setting up collection sites throughout the county and they will be open November 15th through December 7th. Staff and volunteers will sort donations and deliver them to our community partners, who will distribute to families.

UWPV is seeking educational toys, as well as socks and pajamas. The target population is youth from infants through age 12.

Donors may also visit our Amazon gift registry at www.uwpv.org/hopegifts.

More information can be found at uwpv.org, and donations can be made at uwpv.org/donate.