McSweeney & Ricci Spreads Holiday Cheer Through
Ellis Memorial Frosty Friends Program
McSweeney & Ricci participates in many charitable endeavors throughout the year. Sponsorships range from advertisements in the Friends of Marshfield Hockey Program Book, funding scholarships for local high school seniors, a corporate sponsorship and sending runners to the Danny Vasselian Memorial Road Race in Abington, to sending bowling teams to the “Bowling for the Kids” event in support of Boston Children’s Hospital.
Charitable activities involving children, are a particular favorite of McSweeney & Ricci employees, especially during the holiday season. This year, McSweeney & Ricci teamed up with Ellis Memorial School in Boston to help out with their “Frosty Friends” program. Ellis Memorial provides education and care for infants, toddlers and preschool children, and out-of-school time programs for youth in grades K through 7 at locations in the South End of Boston and Roxbury. Ellis predominantly serves low-income, culturally diverse families living in the South End, Dorchester, Roxbury and South Boston. Every holiday season, Ellis does a volunteer holiday gift drive called “Frosty’s Friends.” During the Frosty’s Friends gift drive, each child makes a “wish list” of three gifts, corporate sponsors are given the wish lists, and the sponsors select which gift they would like to surprise the child with. Ellis then holds a holiday party to distribute the gifts to the children.
McSweeney & Ricci was given a list of thirty children ranging in ages from two to four years old, from Ellis’ preschool, Pre-K and toddler classes. In order to give the children a wonderful Christmas, McSweeney & Ricci decided to provide each child with all three items from their wish list. Employees had fun buying everything from Baby Alive Dolls, to PJ Masks characters and My Little Pony, as well as items of clothing such as hats and gloves that the children needed. The gifts were brought to agency’s Braintree location and a wrapping party was held.
On the day of the wrapping party, a Panera lunch was supplied, wrapping supplies provided, holiday music was played and employees donned santa hats and reindeer antlers as they cheerfully wrapped the gifts they had purchased. “The wrapping party was so much fun! It really felt like Santa’s Village as we passed the wrapping paper, ribbons and bows to each other, while singing along to Christmas Carols, said Marketing Director, Leigh Sullivan.” Assistant Personal Lines Manager, Jackie Rios recalled, “that was the best day! Wrapping all those presents, knowing that those children will be so excited and have a great holiday! It really puts you in the holiday spirit.”
Once all the gifts were wrapped, they were loaded into Ellis Development and Volunteer Associate, Rebecca Mullaley’s car for transporting to the school. A holiday party will be held at Ellis for the children and their parents, and the gifts will be distributed.
Participating in the “Frosty Friends” program was the second time this year that McSweeney & Ricci teamed up with the Ellis School. At the end of August, McSweeney & Ricci employees donated back packs full of school supplies to the students. McSweeney & Ricci plans to continue to partner with the Ellis School to help the children in the New Year.