Those Who Can for Those In Need

Newsletter #1  -  January, 2015                                          View this email in your browser

Welcome to Our Inaugural e-Newsletter!

Those Who Can for Those In Need, Inc., is a Winthrop-based non-profit linking the North Shore Community with Resources and Volunteer Opportunities in the areas of Elderly, Losing a Loved One, Children, Low-Income, and Homelessness.

This is the inaugural edition of what we plan to be a bi-monthly e-newsletter highlighting the services offered by a variety of non-profit organizations serving the North Shore. We will also feature a community calendar of upcoming events sponsored by the non-profits in the area, and also list volunteer opportunities for those who are looking for ways to contribute their time and talents to these worthy causes!

If you have an upcoming event or need volunteers, please email the details to, and we'll include your info in our next issue!

Our Signature Event!

Join us for our Second Annual Uplift Yourself with Laughter fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, at the Cottage Park Yacht Club, 83 Orlando Ave., Winthrop.  The event will feature an hors d'oeuvre and dessert bar and entertainment by the Hot Spots Cabaret.  Mark your calendar now!

In The Spotlight
Each issue of our newsletter will feature a local organization serving our community!
Our Featured Partner for this edition of our newsletter is Hope for Creativity

When she was nine years old, Moira Landry and her mother Mindy took a weekend trip to New York, where she had her first encountered with a homeless person. She immediately knew that she wanted to help people like her. That brief encounter with one homeless person in New York City was the beginning of an incredible journey.

Moira started a club with friends to raise money for a local organization serving the homeless. She eventually learned what children experiencing homelessness go through: loneliness, sometimes having to give up everything and a lot of times not knowing where they were going to sleep. She realized that if she could give homeless children something new that was meant just for them, at a time when they were used to having to give up things... it might change their lives. Being an artist and knowing the importance of creative expression, she knew that art supplies would be perfect for any age and any gender.

With the strong encouragement of her mother and people close to her, Moira worked to make her vision a reality, and on July 14, 2009, she registered Hope For Creativity as a non profit organization. Hope for Creativity is a youth powered 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides personalized art supply packs to homeless children between the ages of 2-18 who are receiving support services from a 501c3 social service agency in Massachusetts. They also educate others about the struggles of childhood homelessness, and empower them to be change makers, no matter what age.

Since 2009, HFC has delivered personalized art packs to close to 2500 children in 25 shelters in the Commonwealth.

Moira's big dream is to keep providing children experiencing homelessness the tools to create, to keep raising awareness, to keep reaching out until every child experiencing homeless in the U.S. has the chance to be a kid. She believes that it is vital for children to express themselves through art and wants to give every child that opportunity. By providing a homeless child with an art pack and a way to be creative, Moira hopes that they will not only have something that is a necessary part of childhood, they will also know that there are other kids out there that care about what they're going through.

All of the art supplies are provided by grants, community donations, art supply drives, purchased with money from fundraising activities, or through the sales of safety pin bracelets made by bead brigade volunteers and members of the community. Bead brigade bracelets can be found online at

Hope for Creativity is always looking for volunteers for their "Big Fill" events to fill art packs. Sign up for their newsletter to find out about upcoming opportunities.

Moira and Mindy at the 2013 Resource Fair sponsored by Those Who Can for Those In Need.

Community Calendar

January 19:  The Massachusetts Service Alliance and partner organizations across the state will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in a National Day of Service.  Check out the MSA website for volunteer opportunities near you! 

January 25:  The Giving Hope Foundation will host its Third Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Elks Hall, 40 Oak Street, Peabody.  8:30 - 11:00 a.m. $7 per person.  For information about tickets or volunteering to serve at the event, please email Linda Broughton at

March 18:  My Brother's Table will hold its Founders Celebration 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Temple Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Avenue, Swampscott.  For details, contact Maria Coccimiglio at

March 29:  Giving Hope Foundation will hold it's 4th Annual Family Fun Day event at the Peabody High School gym. It's a fun day for the whole family with tons of activities for kids from carnival games to a photo booth, food, a vendor and craft show, tons of raffle items and more!


Volunteer Opportunities

My Brother's Table located in Lynn is always accepting volunteers.  Great for families, community service hours or for anyone.  Please call 781-595-3224 for information.

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