The MGH Institute of Health Professions supported several charities in Charlestown and other worthy organizations during this season of giving.
The organizations supported were:
The Welcome Home Initiative, Constitution Inn YMCA, Charlestown Navy Yard. Faculty and staff raised $2,470 to support the initiative, which includes a collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and the US Veterans Administration. It provides a free, full-year membership at any YMCA of Greater Boston branch to veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11/01 and who have service-related injuries.
Harvest on Vine Food Pantry, Charlestown. More than 50 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated to the non-profit housed at Saint Mary-Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, which serves Charlestown residents regardless of race, religion, or way of life.
Charlestown Chamber of Commerce. The Institute sponsored holiday wreaths displayed on street poles lights along Main Street and Bunker Hill Street.
Community Servings, Boston. The Institute community bought more than $1,100 worth of pies through the non-profit’s Pie in the Sky bake sale. A total of 90 percent of the proceeds goes to feed 1,300 critically ill and homebound residents in Eastern Massachusetts.
The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston. Dozens of new toys from the Angel Tree Drive were donated and sent to the non-profit which helps more than 7,000 individuals each year.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Boston. Nearly 100 new toys were donated to the non-profit that distributes toys to thousands of local underprivileged children and assists more than 85,000 people each year.
A Million Thanks, a national organization. Students, faculty, and staff wrote more than 250 holiday cards that were sent to troops serving both abroad and at home, as well as those who have been injured and are in hospitals.
“I am so proud of the spirit of giving and generosity displayed by our students, staff, and faculty that these charitable gifts represent,” said President Jan Bellack. “This holiday generosity is one of the many ways the Institute supports the needs of Charlestown and the local community.”