Holiday Baskets Bring Tidings of Joy

Nearly all of the people we serve -- 95% -- live at or below the poverty line. Although meals from Community Servings ease a big burden, rent, utilities and other bills can still take a toll on a limited budget. All too often, our clients can not afford even modest holiday gifts for themselves and their families.

But that is where you can help! Consider fulfilling the "wish list" of a Community Servings client. We'll be sure that your hand-selected gifts are delivered in time for the holidays. Since October, staff and volunteers have been calling our clients for their "wish lists." Many request the most basic items -- hats and gloves, clothes, linens. That's why we ask for a favorite chocolate, movie or type of music so there's a treat or two among the necessities.

Once matched with a client, Holiday Basket Makers shop for wish list items, assemble them in a laundry basket or Rubbermaid container, and deliver everything to Basket Central at Northeastern University.

Last year, donors and volunteers prepared and delivered hundreds of Holiday Baskets for Community Servings' clients and their families. One was Stephanie Carrigg, who shopped for a young man battling HIV/AIDS. "My family doesn't exchange gifts but I love shopping for the holidays! It made me so happy to know that what I was buying would go to someone so desperately in need. We all need something to uplift us during the season."

Please join Stephanie and her fellow Holiday Basket Makers and help us make 2008 even more successful! Contact Rebecca Ober, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, at 617-522-7777 x228 or