Gallery: Northern Rhode Island gives thanks – and gives back

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BURRILLVILLE/ NORTH SMITHFIELD – Residents across northern Rhode Island celebrated Thanksgiving this week, with many showing their gratitude by the launching fundraisers and other drives to give back to the community.

Credit: Burrillville Public Schools
The North Smithfield Police Explorers collected food at Walmart to donate to the North Smithfield Food Pantry. Credit: North Smithfield Police Department
Burrillville Middle School students and teachers participated in their annual turkey trot, collecting canned goods and donations. Credit: Burrillville School Department.
At the rock garden at 1183 Victory Highway in Oakland rock father Roger Bourbonniere has started a food drive and donors are invited to take a holiday rock. Credit: Roger Bourbonniere.
Credit: Roger Bourbonniere
The North Smithfield Police and Fire unions purchased pies for residents living in the town’s senior residency facilities and also made two Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets for families in need.
The Juneau family of Burrillville posted a Thanksgiving family photo from their latest location in Ashland, Va. The family left town in July in a mobile home to travel the country, inviting locals to follow their adventures through Journey with the Juneaus.
The Burrillville Police Department has started their annual Adopt-a-Family Christmas program. In 2022, the department will provide a complete Christmas to eight families with 29 children. Those who would like to help buy specific gifts, donate money or a gift card, or volunteer to help wrap presents are asked to contact Lisa Rabideau at lrabideau@burrillville.org, or at 401-568-9494 ext 1.
Volunteers with the North Smithfield Heritage Association held a Holiday Shoppe at the Forestdale School. The organization will hold a Holiday Open House at the school December 8. Credit: North Smithfield Heritage Association.
American Legion Berard-Desjarlais Post 88 members Linda Peck and Donna Hamelin with gifts collected last year through the organization’s annual toy drive. The Post’s 2022 toy drive will be held at 111 Chapel St. on Saturday, Dec. 10 with an event that will start at 9 a.m. with a Santa Parade leaving from the Harrisville Fire Department on Callahan School Street.
Students at Steere Farm Elementary School celebrated the success of their fall fundraiser at an all-school assembly. Those who raised at least $200 were invited to silly string Principal Courtney Francis and other teacher volunteers. Credit: Burrillville School Department.
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  1. Wonderful events…..however, the pics with the students eating on the floor with a mat rolled out AND THEIR SHOES AND HANDS ADJACENT TO FOOD PLATE, is not a good thing. Not sanitary, not wise. Esp after a pandemic.

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