28 Apr

Heroes

James D. Rielly Foundation Board Member, Jodi Leffingwell and her daughter Abbey put together this wonderful video thanking everyone in our community who are on the front lines making sure we stay safe and healthy and have access to essentials.

They are the real heroes!

Music sung and performed by Jodi and Abbey Leffingwell

26 Dec

Michael Rielly Inducted into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly, founder and president of the James D. Rielly Foundation has been inducted into the prestigious International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.

Providence, RI USA (PRWEB) – 12/22/2019 – The James D. Rielly Foundation, announced today that founder and president Michael Rielly, has been named to the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Santa Claus community and his charitable work as Santa Claus.

Located in Santa Claus Indiana, the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame is the home of the celebration and study of famous Santa Clauses and Mrs. Clauses of the past and present. This ongoing project is meant to preserve the historical documentation of the many men and women who have greatly contributed to the Legend of Santa Claus.

Nominees were evaluated on eight criteria: overall career, range of appearances, length of service, uniqueness of career, charity, originality, contribution to the Santa world, and service to their community.

A resident of Bristol Rhode Island, Michael Rielly has been described as “Rhode Island’s premier Santa” and an “expert in Santa Claus and all things Christmas”.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame, and I’m humbled to be included in the company of such great Santas and Mrs. Clauses,” said Michael Rielly. “I truly feel blessed”.

In 2010, Michael Rielly’s grandfather, James D. Rielly, also of Bristol RhodeIsland, was one of the inaugural inductees into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.

Michael Rielly founded the ClausNet Santa Claus Network in 2007 – the largest community and resource for men and women actors dedicated to the traditions and faithful portrayal of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and all others who devote their time to bringing the magic of Christmas to children of all ages throughout the world.

In 2017, Michael Rielly established the James D. Rielly Foundation; a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing support to the children and families of Veterans, active and reserve military, law enforcement, and first responders.

For more information about the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame, visit www.santaclaushall.com.

For more information about the James D. Rielly Foundation, visit www.jdrfoundation.org.

11 Dec

James D. Rielly Foundation Helps Santa Visit Those in Need

December 11, 2019

Bristol resident Michael Rielly spreads Christmas cheer by making appearances as Santa Claus in Rhode Island for local children or families in need.

There’s a real life Santa Claus living right here in Rhode Island. Michael Rielly is from Bristol, Rhode Island, and he donates his time and talent to those who are in need by making appearances as Santa Claus.

Representing Santa is a Rielly family tradition that was started by Michael’s grandfather, James D. Rielly, during the Great Depression. In 2017, Michael established a nonprofit in his grandfather’s name to preserve his legacy and continue his work of spreading holiday cheer.

Read the full article

31 Jul

Second Annual Cruise In for a Cause Car Show

Second Annual Cruse-in for a Cause Car Show

Join us for Cruise-in for a Cause 2!

The James D. Rielly Foundation will be holding its second annual “Cruise-In for a Cause Car Show” to benefit Veterans and the children and families of military personnel and first responders on Sunday September 8, 2019 in the beautiful bay-side town of Bristol, Rhode Island.

Included in the show will be cars of every kind: Antiques, Classics, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Special Interest cars of all types and sizes. A 50/50 raffle and music from the 1950s and 1960s will make this day one to be remembered.

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21 Jul

Amica Downtown Jingle 5K

We are very excited to announce that we will be participating in this year’s Amica Mutual Insurance Co. Downtown Jingle 5k!

Amica Downtown Jingle 5K

Come join us at this year’s Rhode Island Jingle 5k Run/Walk in downtown Providence Rhode Island. Enjoy the comforts of the Rhode Island Convention Center before and after the 5k. Live band will be entertaining before and after the run. And you might even get to meet the big guy in red himself!

Race Overview

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Start: 9:00 AM, Kids Run 8:30 AM
Start Location: Rhode Island Convention Center

REGISTER NOW

15 Oct

Rhode Island Santa Claus

Letters to Santa Claus

Rhode Island Santa Claus received hundreds of letters from children

For years, children all over the world have been sending letters to Santa Claus. During the 1950s through the 1980s many of those letters were delivered to Jim Rielly’s house in Bristol Rhode Island.

Over the years the post office delivered hundreds of letters to Jim’s home. And in true Santa Claus style, Jim would reply to each and every one.

11 Sep

4 Ways to Thank a First Responder on September 11

September 11, 2001

Today, on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, we honor our police, firefighters, EMTs, and all those who serve and have served in our armed forces. Day in and day out, these brave men and women put their lives on the line to keep us safe. But what makes these folks even more special, is that they go to work for their communities’ every day without expecting recognition.

We believe that September 11 is the perfect day to show them our gratitude for their service. Here are four ways you can thank the first responders and military personnel in your community.

4 Ways You Can Say Thank You To Our First Responders on September 11

TELL THEM IN PERSON
When you see a firefighter, police officer, EMT, or military personnel, thank them. It doesn’t have to be a long speech. Something as simple as “Thank you for your service” will go a long way at showing them that you appreciate them.

PUT IT IN WRITING
One of the most powerful ways you can thank our first responders is to put it in writing. Send a hand-written card or letter to a local police or fire station. If you want to make a bigger impression, gather several letters and cards from the community and deliver them personally. You would be surprised the power of writing a simple “thank you” card has.

PAY FOR THEIR ORDER
Maybe they are sitting at a table across from you at a restaurant, or behind you in line at the grocery store, or the drive-thru. Consider paying for them. It’s a small thing, but it makes a big impact.

DONATE
You can show your support by donating to or supporting organizations whose purpose is to support first responders, military personnel and their families.

First responders and military personnel serve our communities daily and do so without expecting any gratitude. While we encourage everyone to appreciate what these individuals do each day, please take a moment on this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, to recognize the men and women who continually and tirelessly serve to keep us safe.

11 Aug

Cruise-In for a Cause Car Show

Cruise-In for a Cause Car Show” to benefit the children and families of the military and first responder

Join us for Cruise-In for a Cause!

The James D Rielly Foundation will be holding its first annual “Cruise-In for a Cause Car Show” to benefit the children and families of the military and first responders on September 16, 2018 in the beautiful bay-side town of Bristol, Rhode Island.

Included in the show will be cars of every kind: Antiques, Classics, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Special Interest cars of all types and sizes. A 50/50 raffle and music from the 1950s and 1960s will make this day one to be remembered.

LEARN MORE….

11 Jul

James D. Rielly Foundation Announces First Annual Christmas in July Brunch and Charity Toy Drive

Christmas in July Brunch

Christmas in July toy drive to benefit children and families of veterans, active military, first responders, and others in need.

Providence, RI USA July 9, 2018 — The James D. Rielly Foundation in conjunction with Skyline at Waterplace will be hosting a Christmas in July Brunch and Charity Toy Drive to support those in need. The event will take place at Skyline at Waterplace on Sunday, July 29 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Tickets are $30 and include brunch buffet, free valet parking, and free pictures with Santa Claus.

The organizers ask attendees to please bring a new, unwrapped toy. Toys collected will be distributed to local families in need through the James D. Rielly Foundation. For many, this will be their only gift this holiday season. Members of the James D. Rielly Foundation will also be on-site if attendees wish to make a financial donation or give a gift card instead of a toy.

“Our mission is simple: To spread Christmas cheer throughout the year”, stated Michael Rielly, president and chief merriment officer at James D. Rielly Foundation, Inc. “The James D. Rielly Foundation works year-round to provide charitable and emotional support to the children and families of veterans, active military, first responders, and others in need in our community”.

“We are so happy to support the James D. Rielly Foundation with our Christmas in July Brunch,” said Michael Mota, CEO at Skyline at Waterplace. “Together we can help lift the spirits of those most in-need”.

DATE AND TIME
Sunday, July 29, 2018
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

LOCATION
Skyline at Waterplace
1 Finance Way, Providence RI 02903

TICKETS
Seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, please visit Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-july-brunch-tickets-46212173856

About James D. Rielly Foundation, Inc.
Founded in 2017 by Michael Rielly, the James D. Rielly Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer corporation, funded entirely by private donations. The James D. Rielly Foundation provides charitable and emotional support to the children and families of military and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges. To learn more, visit: www.jdrfoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

07 May

It is the veteran

It is the veteran

It is the veteran, not the preacher,
who has given you freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter,
who has given you freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet,
who has given you freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the protester,
who has given you freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer,
who has given you the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician,
who has given you the right to vote.

It is the veteran,
who salutes the Flag,
who serves under the Flag,
whose coffin is draped by the Flag.