Local students create holiday baskets for River Fund

April 23, 2017 by  

Students belonging to the Mills Pond Cares Club recently played their part in spreading joy to those less fortunate by engineering the filling over 100 spring holiday baskets for The River Fund of New York to distribute.

Part of the Smithtown Central School District, Mills Pond Elementary collected donations throughout March. With the help of families and staff, enough stuffed animals and candy were acquired to fill more than 100 baskets for River Fund. The organization assists the homeless, needy seniors, and struggling working families with food relief.

Assembly of the spring holiday baskets took place on April 4 by the Mills Pond Cares Club with the assistance of a couple of fifth-grade classes. Children receiving the baskets will find a homemade holiday card in each basket.

The River Fund of New York has been recognized for its innovation in battling homelessness, hunger and poverty throughout New York City. For instance, obtaining federal government support for the concept of Mobile Food Pantries was spearheaded by the organization.

Other services, include income support and nutritional education. Going one step beyond brochures detailing the various social programs available, over 40 one-stop pre-screenings for social-service benefits are available from the River Fund, eliminating the need to travel to multiple government offices to determine if they qualify for a benefit.

The Mills Pond Cares Club’s baskets were delivered just prior to Easter.