When Leadership Rhode Island alumni approached the RIDOC looking for a holiday project that would enable them to help needy teens, they were told that the greatest need was for new toys and games to be used in the Saturday morning visitation program. On Friday, November 21st, two cartons of new games were delivered to the office of Parenting Coordinator TeLisa Richardson by LRI alumni including Janis Loiselle, LRI ’99, Office Administrator with the Office of Highway Safety at the RI Department of Transportation, who chaired the project. The games will be dispersed to the various facilities where the Saturday morning visitation program takes place so mothers and fathers in prison can play them with their children during the extended visits.
“We are grateful to Leadership Rhode Island and to Hasbro for this generous donation,” Richardson notes. “We often have donations of used toys and games, but it’s rare to get this many new items still in the packaging. We don’t have to worry about any missing pieces or parts. The children will enjoy them, and it’s a great way for the parents and kids to connect during their Saturday morning visits.”