SPUR Holiday Cheer Drive
Through the annual SPUR Holiday Cheer Drive, we provide winter essentials and meaningful holiday gifts to roughly 600 local children, as well as adults experiencing homelessness in Lynn, Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott each holiday season. Working with each recipient, caseworkers, counselors, and other social service providers submit wish lists unique to each recipient that includes something the recipient wants, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
Each November, all of the wish lists are posted online, where sponsors can browse and sign up to sponsor a wish list. Lists are searchable by gender or age of the recipient, or for wish lists that include a specific toy or interest. Sponsors shop for their chosen wish list and return the completed wish list to the SPUR office.
Volunteers then wrap the gifts and pack them into handmade or hand-decorated pillowcases created by SPUR's Sew Good volunteers to make a Bundle of Cheer. These unique cotton pillowcases do more than a gift bag ever could - they provide a needed item for many recipients and reduce the number of single-use gift bags that would otherwise end up in a landfill.