Hundreds expected to attend Woonsocket holiday-themed event.
When Ilanna Ball decided to help others during
the holidays, she decided to devote her time to individuals and families in
need, to specifically choose to aid those without a home and those without
enough food to eat. These factors can make for tough times, especially when
children are involved.
Ball, who owns Total Asset Solutions and
Finest Real Estate and Property Management in North Smithfield, will be hosting the
Third annual Christmas Eve Dinner for the Homeless to assist homeless and
“working poor” families because Ball said she also wants them to enjoy the
This free event happens on Tuesday, December
24, at The Millrace Kitchen, 40 S. Main St., Woonsocket, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. Attendees will receive a hot meal, presents and family photos with
Santa as well as other exciting activities.
“Hunger and homelessness don’t take holidays
off,” she said. “I was raised to help others and this is my passion and
cause—helping those in need. My husband, Charles Coulbourn, and I also deliver
hot meals to people who need it most, whether they are living in their cars, a
shelter or somewhere else. I feel fortunate to be in the position that I am in,
and want to pay it forward.”
Adeline’s, A Speakeasy Kitchen Bar, located on
2352 Mendon Road in Cumberland, will provide 200 meals for the event. Owner
Philip Giguere said the holidays are a good time to give to those who are less
fortunate. Like Ball, Giguere also works with the homeless and provides meals
to an area family whose son has physical challenges.
“The holidays are a festive time for most
people, but there are others who struggle to make it fun and enjoyable,” said
Giguere. “Ilanna and her colleagues have been very supportive of my restaurant,
and this is a good way to give back. She provided me with this opportunity to
Adeline’s is also serving as a drop-off center
for anyone interested in donating personal hygiene items for the drive Ball is
running in conjunction with The Wheeler School in Providence. Other drop-off
sites include Shamrock Home Loans, located at 75 Newman Ave. in Rumford, and
North Smithfield Auto Center, located on 106 Greenville Road in North
stressed that the Christmas Eve Dinner is not limited to just the homeless. She said many families
routinely make tough choices like paying the rent or buying food. These are
luxuries some people take for granted. Ball said several people attended the
event last year who would have otherwise spent the holidays alone.
“Not everyone is fortunate to live near friends
and family. Nobody should be left out or be alone for the holidays,” Ball said.
Ball said the outpouring of support from the
community over the last two years has helped to make this event successful. She
added her goal this year of reaching more people. Ball said she is also
focusing extra resources in order to ensure that there are gifts appropriate
for teenagers—sadly that age group often gets overlooked.
“That is such a tough age, adding homelessness
and poverty can make it even harder,” she said. “We are going to make sure
every teen who attends leaves with a smile.”
Ball encourages anyone who is considering making
a donation for the holidays to do so. There is plenty to be gained by
participating in something that makes others feel special and wanted during the
holiday season, she said.
“We aren’t asking any questions or looking for
documentation to prove people are in need,” she continued. “We just want people
to come down—regardless of their situation—have a good meal and be with some
Finest Real Estate and Property
Management is a premier real estate brokerage located in Northern Rhode
Island. The company provides real estate services for all homebuyers and
sellers, including first-time homebuyers and investors, along with property
Total Asset Solutions is a fully licensed,
insured and bonded general contractor that serves Rhode Island and
Massachusetts. They can complete large projects such as a 203K rehab or simply
come over to complete a “honey-do” list. They also offer full-service property
management, landscaping and plowing services.
The Christmas Eve Dinner is open to anyone
interested in attending. Donations are needed to help make this event
successful. Donations of gift cards to fast-food restaurants and gas stations
are most needed. Other needs include toys for young children and gifts for
teens. All items must be new, unused, and unwrapped.
Please contact Ilanna Ball at 401-419-7116 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.