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

Above: For the sixth year, Southborough’s Lauren Dratch and Caroline Sullivan, are raising funds to buy gifts for children in the hospital over the holidays. (image from “5 for Good” video on YouTube)

The teens organizing their annual fundraiser for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital asked me to re-run the post below. I shared the story below back on October 1st before most people were thinking about holiday shopping.

The girls are still hoping to raise more funds by selling planners through Wednesday, December 23rd.

Organizers of most annual activities have had to ask themselves if they can safely proceed this year. That includes the two Southborough teens behind Pretzels for Presents. The duo decided it was possible, but it would require a non-pretzel twist. They also decided that the fundraiser needs to be launched sooner than in previous years.

This week, they asked me to share news on their Planners for Presents fundraiser.

From Pretzels to Planners

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. In subsequent years, 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.

Every year since, the community has generously participated, allowing them to deliver overflowing sleighs full of gifts to the children receiving care.

You can help them with their cause again this holiday season. But instead of buying pretzels from them, the girls are asking you to buy a 2021 Planner or calendar:

Planners for Presents productsPlanners for Presents

While we usually sell pretzels, this year we will be selling planners due to the sanitary issues selling food products. The money that we raise will be used to purchase gifts for children spending their holidays in Shriners Children’s Hospital in Boston. Every year Shriners is so grateful for our donation, and we hope this year will be no different. 

How You Can Help:

You can either purchase one of our planners, or make a donation directly to us. All planners and wall calendars have been donated by Global Printed Products and all proceeds go to the charity. Orders and donations may be paid by check (made out to Caroline Sullivan), cash, or venmo (Caroline-Sullivan-44).


Attached is a brochure including 23 different planners for 2021 and 2 different wall calendars

  • Each planner/wall calendar is $10

If you would like to order a planner, or have any questions, please email one of us using the contact information below with the number planner that you would like.


We will be offering contactless payment (Venmo)  and delivery options

To help you glance at the range of product choices, I inserted an image above right. If you’re interested, you’ll want to look at a better, zoomable view (with legible details), in this pdf.

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