Charlestown residents can still help Charlestown children and families this holiday season by participating in the Kennedy Center’s annual holiday drive and sponsor-a-family program.
However, time is of the essence, says Crystal Galvin of the Kennedy Center, who noted that the deadline to help is Friday, Dec. 14.
“We simply cannot do this work without the support and generosity of our community,” said Galvin. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and families we serve, thank you. I encourage you to spread the word about the wonderful programs and services the Kennedy Center provides the community, and thank you in advance for your consideration and continued support.”
Each year, the Center receives more than 300 requests for holiday assistance from families throughout Charlestown. For a small amount of money, donors can dramatically improve the holiday season for an entire family. Many of the families served by the Kennedy Center are surviving on extremely limited incomes and struggle to afford even the most basic necessities. The holiday season can be particularly difficult for these families.
The Kennedy Center is asking the community to keep the holidays joyous for all by sponsoring a family or making a monetary donation by Dec. 14.
All proceeds go directly to Charlestown families in need. For anyone interested in sponsoring a family, Kennedy Center staff will send information on the sponsored family as well as a brief description of their circumstances.
The items purchased will be distributed to families by Kennedy Center staff. After the holidays, donors will receive a formal thank you letter and donation receipt for tax purposes. Monetary Donations and gift cards are also accepted. Cash will be used to purchase gifts for any wish lists that were not sponsored.
Please mail checks to
John F. Kennedy Family Service Center
Attn: Holiday Gift Drive
23A Moulton St.
Charlestown, MA 02129
Online gifts can be made at www.kennedycenter.org/donate.
To learn more about the programs and services the Kennedy Center provides, and to make a donation today, please contact Crystal Galvin at (617) 241-8866 ext. 1352 or email [email protected] or visit www.kennedycenter.org.