It’s time for the annual holiday gift drive, an important Countryside tradition. There are two ways you can help:

1) Donate gift cards for families in need in our own Countryside community. We hope to collect forty $25 gift cards for Target and/or Stop and Shop but will take donations in any amount to purchase the gift cards. If you wish to donate by check, please make it payable to “Countryside PTO.” You may deliver checks or gift cards either by putting them in the PTO mailbox- marked Annual Holiday Gift Drive- in the main office or by sending them to school in your child’s folder in an envelope marked Annual Holiday Gift Drive by Monday, December 4.

2) Sponsor a family through Newton Community Partnerships for Children & Families, an agency that provides shelter and services for survivors of domestic violence and for homeless families managing addiction challenges.  The agency is providing Countryside with wish lists including items like winter jackets, clothing, books, or toys. If you’re interested in sponsoring a family, you may pick up a wish list from November 13-17 outside the school’s main entrance at drop-off or pick-up. Families who are not able to pick up a wish list in person may participate via a SignUp Genius that will be sent separately. Sponsors will drop off all wrapped gifts in the main entrance foyer by Monday, December 4 in labeled bags that will be distributed with the wish lists.In response to parent feedback provided during last year’s drive, we will split up wish lists that contain high-priced items to make it easier for more families to participate as sponsors. Sponsors will still have the option to select all of a family’s items if they wish.


Please feel free to email Sarah Blanusa, Amy Levy, or Linda Goldmanwith any questions. Thank you for your help!