Help needed: Care Packages


Rise Above will be sending out 300+ Care Packages this spring to youth in foster care who are defying the odds by attending college. Each care package is filled to the brim with dorm snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards and shipped off to a student.

How can I help? Now through April 1st, we’re accepting donations of snacks, gift cards and other dorm goodies to add to our care packages. The full list of items we need is here or shop our Amazon Wish List. Consider holding a drive with your friends or community group or organize a collection at your workplace. Email us to arrange a drop-off or pick-up. Monetary donations are also always needed. Send gift cards to us at PO Box 174, Northbridge, MA 01534. E-gift cards can be sent to

Do you know a young adult who could use a care packages? Check back in early March for the sign-up details.

More about our Care Packages:
In November, 363 Care Packages (the most yet!) were packed up and shipped out in early November to young adults who grew up in foster care and who are enrolled in a post-secondary educational program. Each care package was filled to the brim with study snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards.  To date Rise Above has sent out over 3,500 Care Packages to youth in foster care continuing their education or enrolled in skill building programs.  Thank you to the many, many volunteers, community partners and donors who made this a huge success!

“I loved all the letters and flyers with information and QR codes. I wish I could remember the kids name so I can say thank you to them specifically, but thank you guys for all of it. The cards are adorable!” -G,  Cosmetology student

“Thank you for the wonderful care package it meant a lot. I especially loved the snacks that me and my roommate can enjoy!” – T, Psychology major at Bridgewater State University

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