Buy “Pretzels for Presents” to help Shriner’s Children’s Hospital patients

Above: Southborough 8th graders, Lauren Dratch and Caroline Sullivan, are raising funds to buy gifts for children in the hospital over the holidays again. (contributed photo)

Across the country today, people are celebrating Giving Tuesday. Here’s a follow up story on two Southborough girls who continue to embody the spirit of the day.

In 2015, Lauren Dratch and Caroline Sullivan successfully launched “Pretzels for Presents”. The Southborough middle schoolers sold gourmet pretzels to raise money for a worthy cause. Proceeds were used to buy presents for Children’s Hospital patients who are stuck in the hospital through the holidays.

That year they delivered a full carload of gifts to Children’s. Last year, they successfully collected $1,100 to purchase presents for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

In their flyer, the girls explained the hospital change:

We discovered that Boston Shriners Hospital for Children had a much greater need as they do not receive as many donations as Boston Children’s Hospital. Shriners Hospital is also very unique because it offers patients free, however, also high quality care, and gives children [a] life changing opportunity that they otherwise wouldn’t have. Shriners also tends to deal with very severe cases; for it specializes in burns, orthopedics, spinal cords, in addition to cleft lip and palates.

You can help them with their cause again this holiday season by purchasing a pack of candy coated pretzel rods for $5. This year, there are two choices:

  • Milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate (4 pretzels)
  • Crushed candy cane, crushed oreo, rainbow sprinkles (4 pretzels)

Orders must be emailed by Wednesday, December 13th. Purchases will be delivered the week of December 17th-22nd.

To purchase pretzels or donate directly to their cause, email Caroline Sullivan at or Lauren Dratch at For more details, click here to read their flyer.

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