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Michael Rielly

Warren family gets Christmas surprise

NBC 10 Providence
by Crystal Bui
Wednesday, December 20th 2017

EXCERPT:

WARREN, R.I. (WJAR) — The Warren Fire Department, along with volunteers, made the holiday season a little more merry and bright for a family of six.

And it was all a big surprise.

"I first was told to put on my shoes, and then I heard the sirens," Chloe Durand told NBC 10 News Wednesday night. "And then I saw Santa Claus."

Santa was happy to help.

"You'll be unwrapping for weeks," he told the family.

The truth is, it's been a hard year for the Durand family.

About eight months ago, Maya Durand was hit by a car. She suffered two broken legs.

While she is lucky to be alive, the crash ultimately put their family through financial hardship.

"We just had struggles from there on out," Sarah Durand said. "And, so this is unbelievable."

But in this special moment, Chloe, Maya, Jonna and the youngest, Wyatt, forgot all their troubles.

"Thank you doesn't seem enough to say," Sarah said.

They were swept with joy – and even Santa got emotional.

"It did bring a little tear to Santa's eyes his year," he said.

The James D. Rielly Foundation coordinated the efforts.

SOURCE: http://turnto10.com/news/local/warren-family-gets-christmas-surprise

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Santa Johnny Boy

Proud of you, Mike!

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Michael Rielly

Thank you! This is what my newly formed foundation will focus on.

For years I have never taken money for my appearances. I have always donated it or asked the client to donate to one of the charities that I support. I simply ask for the receipt or for them to donate using my name. But sadly, many either donate a very small amount or never donate at all.

The foundation allows us to directly help the people in our community. We provide support to individuals and the children and the families of military and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges.

Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, donations for hiring me are 100% tax deductible. And no one in our organization is paid -- we are an all volunteer organization.

If anyone is interested you can learn more here:

https://jdrfoundation.org/
https://www.facebook.com/RiellyFoundation/

We have several things planned for the foundation. And there may be opportunities for local Santas to participate if interested.

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SCSanta

Way to go, Santa! :yes:

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Santa Peter

Fantastic thing to do 

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Kevin Fast

Awesome

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Santa Bill Reiller

That was really awesome. 

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Michael Rielly

What you didn't get to see in the video were all the volunteers bringing in bags. We had about 8 Santa bags filled with gifts for the children and the parents. Santa Claus came through the door carrying a bag and seven more firemen carried in bags as well. It was like the mailbag scene in Miracle on 34th Street.

We also paid off their heating bill which they were 18 months over due.

 

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Chris Capstone

A+ bro

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Santa Bruce Geron

Absolutely wonderful; the true meaning of the season.

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Felix Estridge

What it should be about.  Well done.

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Michael Rielly

Thanks everyone for the support and kind words!

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Santa Marty

What a wonderful way to contribute to your community and still have some control over how the funds are used.

So many charitable organizations are so top heavily salaried, and expenses are high, so a small % of the charitable gifts actually reach those in need.

Thanks Micheal for your example and hopefully your foundation can and will continue to function beyond our generation and onto those generations following your grandfather’s inspiration.

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

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