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Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

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Charity Events This November

The holidays are approaching quickly and it’s the time of year when we count our blessings and recollect on what we are thankful for while also doing what we can for those in need.  If you’re looking for a way to get involved in a charity event this month, check out these options below.  These events benefit local homeless people and pets, children living in at-risk circumstances, and our military members and veterans.  All of these groups need our support year round, but especially during the holidays.  Take some time to give back this month, in addition to providing aid to those in need, attending or donating to these events will make you feel great as well!  What better time to give back and celebrate what we’re thankful for than before Thanksgiving?

Boston River Run 5k – Veteran’s day is right around the corner, what better way to spend it than running through Boston in memory of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus?  Andrew was a U.S. Marine who was tragically killed in a vehicular homicide accident while on his way home for Christmas and the case remains unsolved.  His family and friends invite you to run in the Boston River Run 5k on Sunday, November 11th in his memory.  All proceeds and donations benefit the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund, which benefits one student in need from the Lincoln Sudbury regional high school each year and grants them a scholarship to be used for higher education.  The race begins and ends at Artesani Park in Boston, with a start time of 9AM and ends at 12 noon.   The registration fee is $35 and you can sign up here. There will be plenty of FREE parking at the event as well.

Pets In Need Silent AuctionPets in Need is a small adoption program that is privately run by volunteers.  They are strictly no-kill and often rescue unwanted dogs and cats that are at risk of being euthanized due to behavioral issues, overcrowded shelters, or financial burden.  If you are an animal lover, this is a very worthy cause to support as all proceeds directly benefit the animals.  Friday, November 16th they are hosting a silent auction at the Somerville City Club in Somerville, MA from 7-9 PM (bidding ends at 8:30 PM).  There will be music and food as well as many items to bid on.  Items are varied but include restaurant gift cards, sports memorabelia, hotel stays, tickets and passes to local museums and activities, and retail gift cards.  If you can’t stop by the event itself, consider volunteering!  Pets in Need relies on foster families to house their animals so every volunteer means another life saved!

Boston Thanksgiving Bootcamp Blast For Charity – This event will leave you feeling great on the inside and out!  Head over to the Boston Common on Thanksgiving morning (November 22nd) at 9AM for a workout that will help you work off all those Thanksgiving calories before you even eat!  The workout lasts from 9 AM- 10:30 AM and costs $25 to register, with proceeds benefitting the St. Francis House.  The St. Francis House is a day shelter located across from the Boston Common and offers programs to it’s guests that help them rebuild their lives.  If possible, participants are also encouraged to bring gently used clothes with them, which can then be donated to the St. Francis House right after the event.  As the cold weather approaches, charities that help the homeless need more assistance than ever so anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!

Stuff-A-Truck Boston – This event is being hosted by the Home For Little Wanderers and WCVB-TV Ch. 5 to benefit local children living in at-risk circumstances.  The Home For Little Wanderers aims to assist children and vulnerable families alike by providing necessary programs that keep children safe in their communities.  Services include behavioral health, special education, adoption, foster care, and many additional vital programs that enrich the lives of these children in need.  The organization also helps children make the transition from state systems of care to adulthood.  WCVB-TV Ch. 5 is helping to promote this event where participants are being challenged to fill up a Bernie and Phyl’s truck with new, unwrapped toys for children from the home.  The truck will be on the Boston Common in front of Park Street station on November 29th from 11 AM – 7 PM.  There will also be another truck located in Dedham at Legacy Place.

Step out and support one of these wonderful causes this month!  All of these events benefit very worthy local charities and need your help more than ever!  While we are remembering what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, please keep the less fortunate in mind and if you can’t attend these events themselves, consider donating or volunteering, there are always ways to help!

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