MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Founded in 2003
16 YEARS OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Together our generous donors, corporate sponsors, and MINI owners have donated 18,532 toys and counting!
Founded in 2003, MINI's Making A Difference, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the oldest charitable group of MINI Cooper Owners in the United States and is dedicated to making a difference in our local communities. We collect toys for children facing serious illnesses, and those in need. In 2003, thirteen MINI Coopers from across New England gathered in Westerly, Rhode Island for a contest to see who could fit the most toys in a MINI. The charitable giving has continued ever since!
This annual tradition is typically held on the first Sunday of December each year, with a mission of "Making a Difference" to directly help children and the area charities who support them. Organizations that have benefited by our generosity are; Make A Wish, Toys for Tots, Children's Wishes of Rhode Island, The Children's Shelter of Blackstone Valley, The Pawcatuck Connecticut Neighborhood Center, RI Center Assisting Those in Need, The Charter Care Foundation, and Children's FRIEND!
In addition to the annual toy rally, MINI's Making A Difference has also provided financial aid to fund the wishes of terminally ill children, stocked food pantries, helped families devastated by fires and floods, and supported relief from natural disasters- all in an effort to make a difference!
Also, new for 2017 we are pleased to announce the addition of Hasbro Children's Hospital and their Good Night Lights Program. Each evening at 8:30pm the City of Providence skyline brightens as businesses, civic groups, and individuals shine lights at Hasbro. In turn the children shine lights back at them. We have begun an "Adopt a Light" fundraiser through which we are donating high powered flashlights to each kid. The light is theirs to keep and hopefully someday they will be sharing the light back to the hospital.
If you have a MINI please join us! If you would like to help us help others please consider making a donation, 100% of all donations are earmarked for charitable giving. We are comprised of volunteers who generously donate their resources and time.
A heart felt THANK YOU to the Donors, Sponsors, and MINI Owners!