WARWICK, RI (December 22, 2020) – On Friday, December 18, 2020, Santa Claus assisted Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. with the distribution of gifts to its youngest clients who benefit from Thrive’s Youth & Family Services Program. In place of the annual holiday party, Thrive’s staff created a COVID-safe, drive-thru to spread cheer to the children and families in its Youth & Family Services Program.
Gifts and monetary pledges were donated by Thrive’s staff as well as Greenwood Credit Union, Corner Office Financial, Rhode Island State Energy Center, members of Thrive’s Board of Directors, and other members of the community through a Virtual Giving Tree. Donors could sponsor a child based on their age, gender and interests by visiting a link to the Virtual Giving Tree on Thrive’s webpage. They could also donate to Thrive’s Make A Child’s Holiday Brighter Fund for which 100% of the proceeds support Thrive’s Youth & Family clients this holiday season.
Through the many generous donations, Thrive was able to deliver over 300 gifts to 127 families and raised over $1,700 with its Make A Child’s Holiday Brighter Fund.
“For decades, our Youth & Family department has hosted an annual holiday party for our clients, however, due to the pandemic we had to cancel this year’s celebration. 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,” shared Barbara Lamoureux, Thrive’s Vice President of Youth & Family Services. “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.”
Anyone interested in making a donation to Thrive’s Make A Child’s Holiday Brighter Fund may visit https://www.thrivebhri.org/donate. 100% of proceeds will support Thrive's Youth & Family clients this holiday season!
Thrive Behavioral Health’s Youth & Family Services provides behavioral health support to children, young adults and their families by delivering high-quality behavioral healthcare services that promote social-emotional health and academic success. The specialized program operates under a family-centered approach to treatment which involves partnering with the entire family to develop goals and intervention strategies that improve the quality of life of the whole family. Included in Thrive’s Youth & Family Program are the Eleanor Briggs School, a certified special education program for grades K-12 located in Warwick, RI, and the Healthy Transitions Program, which empowers individuals aged 16 to 25 living with serious mental health concerns to improve their quality of life.