It’s time for us to give back. Jake Kennedy needs our help.

June 7, 2020

Jake has given so much to so many.

If you’re reading this, you’re probaby a friend of Christmas in the City. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a friend of Jake Kennedy, too. If you’re reading this, you probably know that, last fall, Jake was diagnosed with ALS. And this nasty disease is moving in fast. Jake now requires 24/7 care in his home – well beyond the loving care that his wife Sparky and their kids have been providing.

For so many years, Jake has given so much to so many. Between those who’ve partied at the party for families experiencing homelessness, “shopped” for their kids at Monday Mania, gone trick-or-treating in their neighborhood for the first time, received much needed food for Thanksgiving, or had Jake reach into his pocket to help them out no questions asked, THOUSANDS have benefitted from Jake’s big heart, his vision, his generosity, and his caring for the community.

For many years, THOUSANDS of volunteers – many of them who’ve been on the receiving end of CITC’s programs and events, and are now able to give back – have had the joy of being part of Christmas in the City by pitching in in a thousand different ways. You’ve used your time, treasure, and talent, to make sure that our 100% volunteer organization has stayed 100% volunteer, and that families in need in the Boston area get the help they deserve.

For many years, THOUSANDS of Jake’s physical therapy patients have been helped by his brilliance as a healer (and those definitely painful yet curative stretches that are his speciality).

It's time for us to give back to Jake.

Now it’s Jake and his family who need our help.

If you know Jake, you know that he’s not doing any asking for himself. But those of us who love and admire Jake and his family are going to ask. ALS is merciless, relentless, and just plain devastating. It shouldn’t happen to anyone. It shouldn’t happen to Jake.

Please, please, please consider donating whatever you can. We know that times are tough, and many people have lost their jobs or had their hours cut back. But if you’re in any position to help support Jake in his time of need, we hope that you’ll make a contribution via GoFundMe. No donation is too small (or too large, for that matter)! And please help spread the word to your friends and family. (If you’re using social media, please include #LetsHelpJake.)

If you’d prefer to give directly to the family, please email volunteer@christmasinthecity and we’ll provide you the information.

It’s time for us to give back to Jake, to thank him and Sparky for all the good they’ve done.

Let’s do this!


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