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

Above: Southborough 9th graders, Lauren Dratch and Caroline Sullivan, are raising funds to buy gifts for children in the hospital over the holidays again. (contributed photo from Christmas 2016)

Across the country today, people are celebrating Giving Tuesday. It’s always a great excuse to update you on two Southborough girls who continue to embody the spirit of the day. It also gives you a chance to double your “giving”. You can buy gifts for people you care about while funding gifts for sick children.

Pretzels for Presents

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 patients who are stuck in the hospital through the holidays.

That year they delivered a full carload of gifts to Children’s. More recently, they have been collecting for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital:

The children receiving care there are mainly burn victims and children with cleft lips and palates, and they come from all around the world. The people at Shriners work hard to make the hospital feel like a home away from home for them, and the best part is they are able to treat these kids without charge.

Last year, they raised $1,500, mostly from the Southborough community. As a result, they were able to deliver an overflowing sleigh full of gifts to the children receiving care. 

You can help them with their cause again this holiday season by purchasing a pack of 4 candy coated pretzel rods for $5. This year’s choices are:

  • Milk chocolate with caramel drizzle
  • White chocolate with crushed oreo topping
  • Dark chocolate with crushed candy cane topping

Orders must be emailed by Monday, December 10th. 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.

You can also watch them in this WCVB “5 for Good” spotlight from last year:

Updated (11/29/18 8:00 am): I neglected to notice that Caroline’s email changed since last year. If you emailed them through her old Fay School account, she couldn’t access it. Her new email is (Lauren’s email didn’t change – so if you included her on the message, they should have received it.)

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