It’s been another challenging year, but at a time when it’s easy to focus on the negative, we sought out the positive.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, Danielle North takes you on a Holiday Rhode trip filled with uplifting and inspiring stories from around our area — and it was all done in a single day.

From stepping up for those less fortunate to literal steps taken on a miraculous road to recovery, these are stories of hope, healing and humanity.

Your ‘Rhode’ to Giving Back

(In order of appearance)

Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America

“The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America provides an educational, character and citizenship building program to more than 13,000 youth in Southeastern New England.” The organization has a number of fundraising opportunities, and its annual Scouting for Food drive helps feed thousands of people in need.

Children’s Friend Donations

Children’s Friend

This nonprofit offers support to “Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children and families,” including adoption and foster services, crisis intervention, and family literacy programs. Every holiday season, they hold a Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive to collection clothing and toy donations for those in need.

Crossroads RI

Crossroads is the “leading provider of housing and services to those experiencing homelessness in Rhode Island.” Not only do they help get people out of the cold, but they also work hard to keep families in their own homes through their diversion program.

Lewis Family Christmas Display

For more than two decades, people from all over have stopped on Shenandoah Road to see this festive display of lights and holiday cheer. Not only that, but the family raises money for The Autism Project and other charities.

The Hero Package Foundation

Officer Fonseca and recipient Annabella Duncan, 9

Started by police officer Jennifer Fonseca in 2018, this nonprofit puts together and sends out care packages to children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Their goal is to “not only bring awareness, but to bring hope and happiness to the real heroes battling something greater than all of us.”

Vintage Pet Rescue

Senior dogs can live out their golden years with the love and care they need at this retirement and hospice home in Foster. This year, Kristen and Marc Peralta have helped place nearly 100 of these pets in forever foster homes.


Reporter – Danielle North
Photographers/Editors – Ryan Welch, Nick Blair

Executive Producer – Shaun Towne
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini
Special Thanks – Jen Quinn, Beth Fernandes, Lee Dooley, Susan Tracy-Durant, Karen Rezendes

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