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Dates:Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
What is 'It Takes a Village'?
Long story short, it’s a simple way to make a real difference.

The recent global pandemic has created a host of new problems that require new solutions.

One problem unseen to most is that kids in high-risk, vulnerable situations are now stuck at home without the resources, support, and routine they usually have.

Local nonprofits trying to address this are facing disruption as well.

Like a lot of you, we initially felt helpless in the face of so much going on in the world.

But while we can’t fix a lot of things, we do know toys and we know kids.

Light bulb moment!

Through personalized care packages, we can help brighten up a child’s day with fun, creative, and imaginative play.

These spontaneous moments of joy are, after all, the most precious memories we all keep from childhood.

For over 40 years, Henry Bear’s Park has focused on healthy play and positive child development.

We now see this as an opportunity for us to stay true to who we are and to help the kids who need us the most.

We welcome you to join us in this effort to bring joy and smiles to all kids in our community… after all, it takes a village to raise a child.

How Does it Work?
We’ve partnered with some amazing local nonprofit groups to provide fun, fundamental toys and games to local children who most need our assistance.

Each care package strengthens our entire community and ensures that all children get the chance to smile and play.

These care packages go directly into the hands of children who are most vulnerable during these difficult times.

Each package is personalized based on the child’s interests and contains a bundle of fun activities, such as family games, puzzles, building kits, and art supplies.

What is the benefit to Henry Bear's Park?
We have started this campaign with no desire or intention to make any profit from these packages.

We will match 25% of all donations raised -- so for every 100 care packages donated, we will add another 25 care packages from our end.

In addition, we will take care of all the logistics such as coordinating with various non-profit partners and creating, packing, & shipping these to various families.

Any “business” generated for Henry Bear’s Park will go only to pay the employees who are helping create and deliver these packages.

We are not in this for any financial benefit to us.

The only benefit we derive is knowing that we are doing our part to help those who need us the most right now.

Which geographical areas are being served?
We are serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities through our non-profit partners.

We are partnering with these organizations to help reach the children that need the support.

All organizations are local and serve our local communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

How do you know packages are being delivered to families?
We will be providing stories, pictures, and updates regularly through our e-mail and social media channels.

Just like you, we also need to know that all the hard work is actually creating a positive impact.

You can always reach out to us directly if you ever need any updates or details.

How Can You Help?
Buy care packages
Help us spread the word.

Let everyone know!
Help us raise funds for this program through corporate giving or non-profit grants.
If you have experience in the nonprofit realm and want to help us expand this campaign, please contact us!

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685 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA, 02476 map

Please go to our donation page and help us bring a moment of joy to kids in need.

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  • If you want to donate an amount larger than $25, just add more packages to your transaction.

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