30 May

Cruise-in for a Cause 4- Charity Car Show and Toy Drive

Cruise-In For A Cause 4

2021 Cruise-In for a Cause

Sunday, August 15, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mount Hope Farm
250 Metacom Avenue
Bristol, RI 02809

The James D. Rielly Foundation will be holding its fourth annual “Cruise-In for a Cause Charity Car Show and Toy Drive” to benefit the children and families of our military, law enforcement, and first responders on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Mount Hope Farm in beautiful 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. Food trucks, specialty vendors, a 50/50 raffle, and music by Cruisin Bruce Palmer will make this day one to be remembered.

Commemorative dash plaques and goodie bags for the first 100 cars!

Come and enjoy the weather and support a great cause. Bring the family and spend some time after the event exploring the quaint shops of Bristol.

REGISTRATION
Only $20 per car OR $10 and one (1) new unwrapped toy
Spectators are FREE

For more information about this event or how you can help support the work of the James D. Rielly Foundation, please contact us.

Can’t attend, but would like to donate? No contribution is too small. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and will help bring unconditional love, hope, and joy to families in need.

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01 May

Happy Birthday Santa!

James D. Rielly

Today is the 113 year anniversary of Jim Rielly’s birthday.

Born in 1908, James (Jim) D. Rielly was a lifelong resident of Bristol Rhode Island. His love for country and community was immediately evident when you met him. In many ways, he was Bristol’s unofficial Ambassador. To paraphrase Yeats: There were no strangers to Jim Rielly; only friends he had not yet met.

Jim Rielly was well known throughout Rhode Island and much of New England for his generosity and countless charitable acts; but most notably, Jim Rielly was known as Rhode Island’s most famous Santa Claus.

His first appearance as Santa Claus was in 1927 at the beginning of the Great Depression. At the age of 19, the young Jim Rielly portrayed Santa Claus for a family living in an abandoned chicken coup.

For the next 62 years, Jim Rielly would continue to appear as Santa Claus wherever he was needed, but primarily at charitable events, nursing homes, hospitals, orphanages, military bases, and private homes.

James D. Rielly Foundation
James D. Rielly Foundation

He took no payment for any of his appearances.

On January 31, 1979 he was entered into the United States Senate Congressional Record as “James D. Rielly – A truly remarkable Santa Claus from Rhode Island”. And on December 22, 2010, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the prestigious International Santa Claus Hall of Fame.

James D. Rielly died on November 26, 1991 at the age of 83.

In honor of his kindness and charitable works, the James D. Rielly Foundation was established to preserve his legacy by providing charitable support to the children and the families of military and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges.

Please consider making a donation to the James D. Rielly Foundation. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and will help bring unconditional love, hope, and joy to needy children and families.

20 Mar

Help Us Make History!

We are excited to be participating in this year’s 401Gives! Please support us by visiting 401gives.org on April 1. ANY donation — even $1 — is greatly appreciated!

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us! Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!

25 Jun

Cruise-in for a Cause III – Charity Car Show and Toy Drive

James D. Rielly 2020 Car Show

2020 Cruise-In for a Cause

Sunday, August 16, 2020

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Mount Hope Farm
250 Metacom Avenue
Bristol, RI 02809

The James D. Rielly Foundation will be holding its third annual “Cruise-In for a Cause Charity Car Show and Toy Drive” to benefit the children and families of our military, law enforcement, and first responders on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Mount Hope Farm in beautiful 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. Food trucks, a 50/50 raffle, and music by Cruisin Bruce Palmer will make this day one to be remembered.

Commemorative dash plaques and goodie bags for the first 30 cars and trophy for Best of Show!

The event will conclude with a cruise through Bristol’s beautiful Colt State Park alongside Narragansett Bay.

Come and enjoy the weather and support a great cause. Bring the family and spend some time after the event exploring the quaint shops of Bristol.

REGISTRATION
$15 per car OR $10 and one (1) new unwrapped toy
Spectators are FREE

Download the 2020 Wish List

For more information about this event or how you can help support the work of the James D. Rielly Foundation, please contact us.

Can’t attend, but would like to donate? No contribution is too small. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and will help bring unconditional love, hope, and joy to families in need.

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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

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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.