Accepting donations of new winter clothes & coats, comforters/blankets, toys, monetary contributions for nutritious food & fuel assistance for families in need.
Families, organizations, corporations, & individuals encouraged to give.
Winter can be a time of crisis for many low-income families. The escalating cost of living along with the bitter cold weather of New England weighs heavily on households struggling to meet basic needs of food, shelter, heat, and warm clothing.
Action for Boston Community Development once again launches its Winter Fund campaign to ensure that families can remain healthy, safe, and warm as the bitter cold hits the region and the holiday season commences. Over the last three years ABCD has seen over a 66 % increase in the use of its food pantries, which underlines the fact that there are so many families in need.
“Many people who never had to ask for help before are turning to ABCD. Unemployment, underemployment or disabilities make it impossible for too many families to handle basic needs, and a harsh winter through the holiday season and beyond only adds to their struggles,” said John J. Drew, President/CEO of ABCD. “For these poor families it is a time of crisis. We are asking you to help out this holiday season, through the upcoming winter. Whatever you can give will help a family stay warm and safe at their home, and could also put a smile on a child’s face.”
There are many ways to give and assist the ABCD Winter Fund – including:
- Sending in a tax-deductible donation
- Hosting a holiday party and collect gifts to donate
- Setting up a collection box at your office or organization
- Dropping off new, unwrapped toys, blankets/comforters, and new clothing (coats, boots, hats) at the ABCD’s headquarters or any local neighborhood site
Thanks to gracious donations, last year over $100,000 was raised for the campaign to assist thousands of Greater Boston and Mystic Valley area families in need. Monetary donations went towards keeping households warm, and families from facing eviction, home foreclosure, and ultimately homelessness. Through our network of food pantries, more than 723,000 pounds of healthy food graced the tables of 4,000 households.
And efforts through organized drives have brought in bundles of coats, comforters, shoes and winter clothing that were distributed, along with more than 5,000 new toys – resulting in holiday cheer to children in need. Your donation helps ease the burden of households that feel the everyday economic struggle.
“We have been proud to support ABCD through the Winter Emergency Campaign. We’ve donated warm winter clothing – hats, coats, boots, gloves – and donations for fuel assistance to ABCD. Our employees have really rallied to give these items, which we know will be used by families and children who are in need. They will be on the street by next week and a child will be wearing a coat that they didn’t have otherwise,” said Winter Fund campaign donor Brian Katz of RBC Wealth Management. “It’s an honor to help in this way and know someone will be warmer and thankful.”
ABCD is grateful for every private donation made towards the fuel assistance program and Winter Fund campaign. Your generous gift can save a household from hypothermia, stop a family from turning to dangerous heating substitutes, prevent sickness, and dramatically improve quality of life. To donate to ABCD’s Winter Fund, please call 617-348-6559 or visit bostonabcd.org/give.
To learn more about ABCD’s Winter Fund campaign and the ABCD GiveLine, or to organize a clothing and toy drive, and participate in the Adopt-A-Family/Adopt-A-Classroom Initiative, visit us at BostonABCD.org, call (617)348-6559, or email@example.com.