All of this begins on Wednesday, July 17, when the RULE sponsors its Christmas in July event. It takes place at Cucina Rustica, 555 Atwood Avenue, Cranston, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The $25 fee includes dinner, desert and coffee, along with a cash bar, raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Entertainment will be provided by Ishmael Muzik.
The first year was out of Hutchins home with 300 gift requests. In 2007, I started a non-profit association of women who provide services to seniors called Seniors RULE (Resources Unlimited - Liaisons for Elders). They meet monthly to participate in community events to act as a one-stop resource for seniors and/or their caregivers. Part of being a member is supporting Elves for Elders, she noted.
As the Elves for Elders program grew, Hutchins said she needed to move the holding site for the gifts. Three years ago, she found her current site at Lakewood Baptist Church in Warwick. She collected gifts from the malls after Thanksgiving weekend and held them at the church until our ‘wrapping’ event on December 13th, where the group sorted and assembled the gifts. She added that the group did all of the wrapping until five years ago, when they requested gift bags be included with the stars.