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Spirit of the Season

Dear Friends and Families of the Maloney High School Music Department:

After tremendous success over the last two years with our holiday family sponsorship, our Music Department has adopted four families for this holiday season. Each family has experienced recent tragedy or loss and are in need of support.

Please see the family stories and descriptions of need below

The students in our department are erecting a giving tree in the bandroom with over 350 ornaments, each containing one item that the families need. Each family is designated by a different color ornament.

If you would like to help please see the information below and consider making a donation. You can get ornaments from Maloney or from any band member or Booster parent. If you can't get to school, please see the items needed below and send in anything you are able to provide. Any monetary donations sent in will be converted to gift cards to grocery stores, Wal-Mart, etc. 

To make donations, you can do any of the following:

Credit card donations can be done through our GoFundMaloneyMusic site here. Just make sure you write SPIRIT OF THE SEASON in the box that asks for a student name

Cash or gift card donations can be dropped at the Maloney Main Office or can be mailed to:

Maloney Music - Spirit of the Season
121 Gravel St. 
Meriden, CT 06450

Items can be brought to school any week day and dropped at the main office between 7:30am-2:15pm

We need all donations in-house by the end of our concert on December 18th, 2019

PLEASE DO NOT WRAP DONATIONS. We have elves that will take care of the wrapping :)

Family 1 - 10 year old boy, 3 year old girl, mom

The family tragically lost their father earlier this year and the 4th grade boy was the first one at the scene.  The three are struggling to make ends meet and deal with the loss of their father. The boy is a trumpet player in our schools and his teachers describe him as a great student with a passion for music and a joy to work with. I met his little sister when I met with mom and she is an adorable little girl with tremendous energy, a huge smile and huge red curls like the Annie! 

Family Needs:

Boy, 10

  • Love arts and crafts
  • Loves to draw
  • Passionate about robotics
  • Loves to build
  • Loves cars
  • Loves legos
  • Sizes: 14-18 Youth or Men's Small (short with wide shoulders)
  • Shoes: 8 youth 
  • Can use winter clothes, socks, pants, jeans, shirts, any clothes

Girl, 3

  • Loves Barbies and Dolls
  • Likes to play dress-up
  • Loves to color
  • Likes Legos
  • Sizes: 5T
  • Shoes: Toddler 7-8
  • Can use winter clothes, socks, pants, jeans, shirts, any clothes

Mom

  • 2x Clothes
  • Shoes: 10.5 W
  • Can use for the house
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Clorox wipes
    • Towels
    • Linens for twin and queen beds
    • Any household or kitchen products
  • The family can use food donations or gift cards that will allow them to get food - Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, etc. 
  • The family will have a Christmas tree up this year thanks to family

Family 2 – 8 year old girl, 7 year old boy, 4 year old boy, dad

The family recently had mom walk out on the family with no further contact. Dad is disabled with many health issues that frequently put him in the hospital. The three children are in our school system and are described as wonderful children to work with. I had the pleasure of meeting the four year old boy and he is such a happy and playful little guy despite all of the challenges his family faces. 

Family Needs

Girl, 8 

  • Sizes: Junior small
  • Shoes: 3
  • Loves to read
  • Loves American Doll and other dolls
  • Loves to draw and do crafts
  • She needs winter clothes, boots, gloves, hats, socks undies, t-shirts, any clothing items

Boy, 7

  • Sizes: Pants: Husky 12, Shirts: Youth Medium
  • Shoes: 3
  • Loves to read
  • Loves Hess trucks and other trucks
  • Would love a tablet 

Boy, 4

  • Sizes: 5T
  • Shoes: 12
  • Loves trucks, monster trucks 
  • Hot wheels 
  • Paw Patrol

Dad

  • Shoes: 10
  • Sizes: 42 pants, 2X shirts
  • King and queen linens
  • Towels
  • Silverware
  • Plates 
  • Any kitchenware
  • Any linens, household items 
  • The family can use food donations or gift cards that will allow them to get food - Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, etc. 
  • We need to bring a Christmas tree and decorations to this house

Family 3 – 9 year old girl, 7 year old girl, 4 year old girl, mom

The father unexpectedly passed away this summer leaving the girls and their mom all alone. The family is still dealing with the aftermath of this tragic loss and the mother is doing her best to make ends meet. The teachers at their MPS elementary school speak very highly of the girls and hope we can help a wonderful family in need. 

Family Needs:

Girl, 4

  • Sizes: 7-8 clothes 
  • Shoes: 13 youth
  • Loves to draw
  • Loves Hello Kitty
  • Loves Legos
  • Loves books
  • Needs winter clothes, long sleeve shirts, any clothes 

Girl, 7

  • Sizes: 10-12
  • Shoes: 2.5
  • Loves to draw
  • Loves Hello Kitty
  • Loves Legos
  • Loves books
  • Needs winter clothes, long sleeve shirts, any clothes 

Girl, 9

  • Sizes: Adult small
  • Shoes: 7-8
  • Loves to draw
  • Loves to read
  • Needs winter clothes, long sleeve shirts, any clothes 

Mom

  • Medium tops and pants
  • Shoes: 9 - needs sneakers
  • Needs twin and queen sheets
  • Any household items, kitchenware, towels
  • The family can use food donations or gift cards that will allow them to get food - Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, etc. 
  • We need to bring a Christmas tree and decorations to this house

Family 4 – 12 year old boy, 8 year old girl, 7 year old girl, 6 year old girl, mom

This is a very tragic and difficult situation. Earlier this fall, the six year old girl was involved in a terrible accident that resulted in severe burns over most of her body. She has been at Boston Children's Hospital for the past two months and is in a medically induced coma due to her injuries. She is making progress, but the journey is incredibly difficult. There is no time to give the family a Christmas this year because all time and effort is being spent getting family members back and forth to Boston. 

Family Needs:

**We are accepting monetary donations for this family in hopes we can provide them with hotel credit at a Boston hotel. We are working with the family and people with knowledge of the Boston Children's Hospital to ensure we are making appropriate arrangements**

Boy, 12

  • Loves electronics, games, Fortnight
  • Loves hoodies
  • Basketball and all sports 
  • Mens XS or boys 16-18
  • Shoes 7.5-8

Girl, 8

  • Described as a "fashionista"
  • Loves drama and musicals
  • Loves clothes at Justice
  • Loves music
  • Size: 10-12

Girl, 7

  • Size: 7-8
  • Loves board games
  • Loves to read
  • Loves to draw

Girl, 6 (this is the girl currently in Boston)

  • Size: 5-6
  • Loves picture books
  • Loves dolls
  • Loves to play with her sister (7-year old)

 

If you are able to help donate to these families, please take one or more ornaments this week. Take as many as you wish, but please return any ornaments you do not use. If you cannot come in, I would be happy to remove an ornament for you and email or text you a picture of the item(s). Feel free to come in before and after school to get ornaments. If you would like to come during the school day, feel free to do so, but be sure to sign-in the main office before coming to the department.

Please bring all items to school unwrapped prior to the close of the concert on 12/18. We will take care of wrapping and delivering items to the families on Christmas Eve Day.

Thank you so much for your generosity during this holiday season!

Thanks,

Brian

brian.cyr@meridenk12.org