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Trotter School Holiday Gift Collection (Hybrid)

  • Monday, November 8 - Friday, December 10
  • All Day Event

The annual Holiday Gift Collection for the 380 students at Grove Hall’s William Monroe Trotter K-8 School is underway! Students are excited to be back in school, providing opportunities for socializing with friends, reconnecting with teachers, and profiting from a structured school day. Although some normality is restored, for many families struggles remain with loss of employment, food insecurity, and threatened homelessness (about one third of Trotter families are homeless or home insecure).

The students range in age from from kindergarten (3 years old) to 8th grade (14 years old) and gift ideas include: toys, books, academic-type projects, dolls, arts and crafts materials, games. Gifts should be: unwrapped and dropped in the collection box at TBE. No guns or other violent toys please, $25 limit per gift.

How to contribute:

  1. Purchase a gift ($25 or less) and deliver, unwrapped, to the TBE collection bin (preferred option). You may also order gifts through an Amazon registry so you can choose from a selection created by teachers and volunteers. These gifts may be delivered to your home, to TBE, or you may send them directly to: Trotter Gift Program, TBE, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA 02481 or contact Ediss to make alternative arrangements for a pick up at your home.
  2. Contribute to the RJI Fund and funds will be used to purchase gifts from Black-owned Businesses like Frugal Bookstore and Multicultural Dolls. We will also use these donations to purchase Supermarket and Target gift cards. Donations may be made online to the RJI Fund here. Please note that the gift is made “In honor of The Trotter Gift Program.” You may also contribute by sending a check, payable to “TBE-RJI” and write “Trotter Gift Program” in the memo line.
  3. Purchase gift cards to Stop and Shop, Target, or Shaws/Star Supermarket and drop them off at TBE. Please do not purchase online gift cards–only hard plastic!