On behalf of the Russell Elementary School in Dorchester and the Christian Service Committee, we would like to thank you for all of the donations we have received to date. This is an ongoing ministry of Hancock Church.

Six Hancock members visited the Russell School on April 11 and found the school could use a variety of items. Do you have anything at your house you could donate?  Is it time to spring clean and give away the sports equipment, clothes, books, toys and art supplies that are no longer used by your kids and grandkids?

  1. Extra balls, jump ropes and other recess items. (Happily we gave a donations of 10 soccer balls and 4 basketballs. Before that they only had one soccer ball for outside play.)
  2. Any and all art supplies: paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils
  3. Office supplies: tape, paper clips scissors, etc.
  4. Sweatpants and new underwear for kids age 4 to 6 to keep in kindergarten classrooms (Just in case)
  5. Bookcases for classrooms
  6. Books, especially non-fiction, but any for elementary school ages would be welcome
  7. Toys or games that would be appropriate for the classroom

We would really appreciate you organizing your donations into Ziplock bags or boxes that are closed to help prevent losing pieces in transit, and also to help the teachers who are receiving your treasures.

This is a preliminary list. We will provide additional lists in the future. Except for the underwear, gently used items are fine. We are assured that nothing goes to waste! Items can be left in the boxes outside the Dining Room marked Russell School. We will be making deliveries throughout the summer.

Volunteers are also needed for the following:

  1. Grant writing: Many teachers and the principal spend countless hours writing grants to fund field trips, music programs, camps and after school activities to benefit students.
  2. Fundraiser planning: A large event is in the works for March 2017.
  3. Classroom volunteers
  4. Library volunteers

If you have any questions, please email sandeen.lisa@gmail.com or call (781)424-7937.