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 Feb

Local St. Nick Asks Bristolians Play Host to GIs

We found this while going through the archives at the Bristol Phoenix. From the December 9, 1952 edition of the Bristol Phoenix:

For servicemen away from home at Christmas, James D. Rielly today made an appeal. He would like to see Bristol families who will have an empty place at their Christmas table, invite some lonesome servicemen and make him feel at home although he may be miles away from it.
Bristol Phoenix

We continue Jim Rielly’s work today by working closely with local veterans and military family support groups in our community.

Learn more about our foundation and how you can help!

26 Dec

Warren RI, Family Gets Christmas Surprise

WARREN, R.I. (WJAR) — The Warren Fire Department, along with volunteers, made the holiday season a little more merry and bright for a family of six. And it was all a big surprise.

“I first was told to put on my shoes, and then I heard the sirens,” Chloe Durand told NBC 10 News Wednesday night. “And then I saw Santa Claus.”

Santa was happy to help.

“You’ll be unwrapping for weeks,” he told the family.

The truth is, it’s been a hard year for the Durand family. About eight months ago, Maya Durand was hit by a car. She suffered two broken legs. While she is lucky to be alive, the crash ultimately put their family through financial hardship.

“We just had struggles from there on out,” Sarah Durand said. “And, so this is unbelievable.”

But in this special moment, Chloe, Maya, Jonna and the youngest, Wyatt, forgot all their troubles.

“Thank you doesn’t seem enough to say,” Sarah said.

They were swept with joy – and even Santa got emotional.

“It did bring a little tear to Santa’s eyes his year,” he said.

The James D. Rielly Foundation coordinated the efforts.

SOURCE: http://turnto10.com/news/local/warren-family-gets-christmas-surprise

29 Aug

James D. Rielly Foundation Receives 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status

James D. Rielly Foundation

Rhode Island based charity helps the children and families of veterans, active military, and first responders.

Providence, RI (PRWEB) August 29, 2017

The James D. Rielly Foundation is proud to announce that it has been formerly granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to the James D. Rielly Foundation are fully tax-deductible retroactive to the founding of the organization.

The James D. Rielly Foundation is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, which will further broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to serve the members of the community.

Funded entirely by private donations, The James D. Rielly Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization founded by Michael Rielly to honor the life and legacy of his grandfather, James D Rielly. The Foundation provides charitable support to the children and families of veterans, active military, and first responders.

Born in 1908, James (Jim) D. Rielly was a lifelong resident of Bristol Rhode Island and well known throughout New England for his kindness, generosity, and countless charitable acts. Over the course of his lifetime, Jim Rielly was the recipient of numerous awards and received letters of recognition from celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world; Eleanor Roosevelt, Senators Theodore Francis Green, Claiborne Pell, and John Chafee, Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, and even his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, just to name a few.

Jim Rielly was best known as Rhode Island’s own “Santa Claus”, where he portrayed the role of Jolly Old St. Nick for over 60 years. Much of his time in the red suit was spent bringing joy to the children and families of servicemen and women and first responders.

“In honor of my grandfather’s dedication to the community and those less fortunate, we established the James D. Rielly Foundation in his name”, stated Michael Rielly, James D. Rielly Foundation President. “Our mission is 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.”

The IRS letter granting James D. Rielly Foundation its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is available upon request. For donation inquiries, please contact info(at)jdrfoundation(dot)org or visit www.jdrfoundation.org.

About James D. Rielly Foundation, Inc.
The James D. Rielly Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, organized exclusively for charitable, religious, fraternal organizations, and educational purposes, including, the distribution of funds primarily to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under 501(c)(3). The James D. Rielly Foundation believes in giving back to the community both locally and nationally. We believe helping those in need will inspire others to do the same and in turn, improve the quality of life for all. To learn more, visit: www.jdrfoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.