BE Board:Community service

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Welcome to the BE Board Community Service Wiki! We are currently planning some events and would greatly appreciate and consider any recommendations or ideas you may have. Please email Lisa Joslin, at with your suggestions.

Current Events

Christmas in the City: Drive for toys and gifts for Christmas in the City - they're a local organization that puts on a huge holiday party for homeless kids and arranges to get them gifts. The event they put on is really impressive, last year they had ~2500 kids from Boston area shelters.

As you can imagine, getting each of more than 2500 children a gift from their personal wish list takes considerable effort, and support from people all over the Boston area. The amazon wish list below has toys which represent the most commonly requested items from the wish lists, so that any item purchased from it can go directly toward this end. It's set up so that toys are shipped directly CITC. Wish List:

Buy a toy TODAY! The gifts are given out at the party on Dec. 18th. Order a toy for a homeless child today so that it will be received in time! Please contact Marita ( if you would like to write a check instead of using the wishlist.

Christmas in the City is a non-profit organization established in 1989. Its mission is to support and mentor Boston's homeless families. One aim is to make the holidays memorable for the children in Boston's shelters. A second goal is to help families make a successful transition from homelessness to independent living.

More information about Christmas in the City can be found at

Past Events

October 19th, Wednesday, 5-8pm, at Community Servings in Roxbury. We brought a group of four excited BE folks to prepare and package meals that will be delivered to individuals and families in the Boston area living with AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses.

We had a great time and look forward to working at Community Servings in the future!

For more information about this organization, please visit the following website:

BE Food Drive, Nov. 1st - Nov. 15th, 2005

Our goal was 1 can/item per person in the BE Division. We met and exceeded our goal with 317 donated items to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank! This translated to 309 lbs and 237 meals that will be given troughout eastern Massachusetts. Thank you everyone that donated and made this a successful event! I would like to especially thank Maxine Jonas, Hyung-Do Kim, Kristen Nagle, Shan Wu and Amy Nichols for all of their donations and extra help!

Didn't get a chance to donate? You can still make an online donation! Please visit the following website for more information:

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Future Events

January: Bread and Jams Sunday Meal, 1/22/06, 2-5pm. Help us prep food at St. James Church at 1991 Mass Ave, Cambridge. The closest T stop is Porter Sq. on the Red line. I will be looking for volunteers early January. Thanks!

April: Boston Marathon, Monday, April 17th (early registration is required, I will submit a group request this November).

Thank you! Lisa--Your BE Board Community Service Chair.