Spreading Cheer Throughout the Year

James D. Rielly Foundation provides charitable and emotional support to the children and families of our military, law enforcement, and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges.

Imagine how wonderful it would be to have Santa Claus personally deliver Christmas to a child or family in need? This is the vision of the James D. Rielly Foundation, named after the man who for generations was Rhode Island’s very own Santa Claus.

That same Christmas spirit of giving and helping those in need, still burns bright with the descendants and friends of the legendary James D. Rielly. The James D. Rielly Foundation is a legacy project devoted to his first love – giving to children.

Year round, the James D. Rielly Foundation works to bring charitable and emotional support to the children and families of the brave men and women who work tirelessly to keep us and our communities safe . We partner with community leaders, businesses, service organizations, churches, and people of goodwill to help find those needs and fill them.

James D. Rielly Foundation granting Christmas wishes

What We Do

Our goal is to bring a magical holiday experience -- any time of the year -- to those in need.
James D. Rielly Foundation

Ways You Can Donate

From monetary donations to a visit from Santa, there are many ways you can help.


Help us grant wishes for those in need by donating your time and talent.