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Thank you, thank you, thank you

Hard to believe that it's already a week since the 2018 edition of the Christmas in the City Party. And what a party it was! Once again, thanks to our volunteers and donors, we put some smiles on a lot of little faces.  And speaking of putting some smiles of... more »
December 23, 2018

Winter Wonderland: have some holiday fun AND raise $$$ for CITC

Looking for something fun to do with the kids or grandkids on December 15th? How about bringing them into Boston for Winter Wonderland, an indoor amusement park fundraiser where all proceeds go to supporting Christmas in the City. Indoor amusement park – 20 great rides Saturday, December 15th 11 a.m.... more »
December 6, 2018

Thank you to our friends at Liberty Mutual!

Last week, Liberty Mutual's Global Retail Markets (GRM) Leadership Team held a Bike Build at Boston's Cyclorama. They built, decorated, and test drove 32 bikes that will put smiles on the faces of 32 kids who could use a smile, especially at this time of year.  Thanks a million to... more »
November 26, 2018

Kick off the holiday season at the Seaport

For the seventh year in a row, our friends at Boston's Seaport Hotel are helping Christmas in the City kick off the holiday season. They're hosting a party where we'll raise money and collect toys - all in support of our commitment to putting smiles on the faces of some... more »
November 19, 2018

Sad news at Christmas in the City…

This morning, Christmas in the City lost a great and good friend. Russell Leblang, a longtime volunteer and supporter - and all round good guy - passed away after a tough, year-long battle with a rare form of cancer. He was just 56 years old. Those who had the privilege... more »
August 25, 2018

Looking for a job? Looking to add to your team? The 2018 CITC Job Fair is coming up!

When you get to know the  parents of all those little kiddos who come to the annual Christmas in the City Party, you'll quickly learn that they want the same things we all do: a place to call home, and a job so that they can help turn their dream... more »
August 14, 2018

Coming right up: Christmas in the City in July (Seaport Hotel: 7/26)

What are you doing this coming Thursday? Nothing? Thought so! Why not get a jump on the weekend and come out to support Christmas in the City? Thursday, July 26 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT Seaport Hotel - TAMO Terrace One Seaport Lane Boston, MA 02210 Tickets are only... more »
July 24, 2018

Thank you, CITC Marathon Runners!

It's a beautiful spring day - too bad we didn't have this kind of weather last Monday for the Marathon. Despite the miserable weather, our stalwart runners - Kimberly Sportack and David Valzania - raised, between the two of them, over $25K for Christmas in the City. Here's our valiant Kimbo... more »
April 23, 2018

Help our Marathoners raise $$$ for CITC

The weather's been pretty lousy, and some days it's hard to believe it's spring. But BELIEVE! And with spring, comes the Boston Marathon, which is always an important day on the Christmas in the City Calendar. This year, we're fortunate to have two runners - three, if we count Jake... more »
April 4, 2018

Jake’s Shout Out to the Blue Man Group

Jake once again has put on his poet's cap, and penned a tribute to the Blue Man Group, who performed so brilliantly at Sunday's Christmas in the City Holiday Party. Homeless children certainly do not have an easy LIFE Full of challenges, disappointments, and daily STRIFE. And those wonderful joys,... more »
December 21, 2017

Supporting our supporters

Last Saturday, before the snow started for real, I hit a Bank of America ATM. Then I got in my Zipcar and zipped out to Boston Christmas Trees in Allston to pick out a tree.  Tree in hand - or rather on top of car - I zipped home and decorated... more »
December 11, 2017

Thank you, Loren & Wally

WROR's Loren & Wally Show  has been long-time great supporter of Christmas in the City.  This year, along with everything else they've done - including recently hosting Jake & Sparky Kennedy on their show - they've found some new toy drop off locations for us. So thank you, Loren &... more »
December 6, 2017

Lots going on!

We've been gearing up for a while now, but now that Thanksgiving's in the rear view mirror  - and, by the way, we gave out hundreds of turkey-and-all-the-fixins baskets the Saturday before T-day - we're REALLY gearing up for the Christmas in the City Party (and Monday Mania, too.) Here... more »
November 26, 2017

Paraders Needed: CITC at HONK Fest, October 8th, noon-12, Somerville/Cambridge

Mary Curtin and the Dirty Water Brass Brand have invited Christmas in the City to join their contingent in the HONK! Festival parade. This is a great chance for you to help CITC strut its stuff and make some new friends (and supporters)  And have some fun while you're at it. So... more »
October 3, 2017

CITC Job Fair on October 4rh

Kara Morris is a full time law student, but that didn't stop her from taking the lead on organizing the second Christmas in the City Job Fair. The fair will be held on Wednesday, October 4th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.  Thanks to... more »
September 26, 2017

Next CITC Meeting: Thursday, September 28th, 6 p.m. KBPT Franklin Street – ALL WELCOME

Jake, in his inimitable way, has outdone himself with the invitation to the next Christmas in the City organizational meeting. Those warm summer days and balmy nights begin to bid us ADIEU...... And once again the chaotic CITC push begins to ENSUE And once again, you will hear the annual... more »
September 19, 2017

Going once! Going twice! Pats-Falcons Oct. 22nd SB replay tickets to be auctioned at Christmas in July.

As if you needed another reason to come out and support Christmas in the City's Christmas in July fundraiser at the Seaport Hotel on July 27th at 6 p.m.  But here it is:   UP FOR AUCTION: PAIR OF 50-YARD LINE TICKETS - OCTOBER 22nd - 8:30 P.M.  Patriots vs.... more »
July 14, 2017

July 27th Midsummer’s Night Fundraiser for CITC

The annual Christmas in July event will be held at Boston's Seaport Hotel on Thursday, July 27th, at 6 p.m.  Why not come out and join us for a lovely midsummer's night evening (on the hotel's patio)? We'll be raffling and auctioning off some great prizes, and you'll be enjoying good... more »
June 29, 2017

Can you spare a few bucks for a courageous family? (A message from Jake.)

Just before last year's Christmas in the City party, the mayor called and asked if we could help a family out.  Of course we could! I met a single mom and learned about her three kids, and their 12 years in and out of shelters. I also learned about her... more »
May 26, 2017

A Glorious Marathon Day!

There's an Irish blessing that begins: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. Well, on Patriots Day, the blessing came true. Sure, it may not have felt like the road was rising up to... more »
April 18, 2017

Support the CITC Marathoners!

As anyone who's spent any time at Kennedy Brothers PT and/or knows Jake Kennedy, the Boston Marathon is a really big deal. The CITC colors are, in fact, borrowed from the Marathon: Lots of runners come to KBPT for treatment and advice, and Jake himself will be running again for... more »
April 13, 2017

Homeless families in Massachusetts. (Yes, this is a real problem.)

We've been working with homeless families for nearly thirty years, so it's no news to us that homelessness is a very real and very persistent problem. Still, we were a bit taken aback when we saw that the Boston Foundation is reporting that, across the state, the number of homeless... more »
February 26, 2017

Congratulations, Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots

For Patriots fans, there were plenty of moments in Sunday night's Super Bowl that might have had us doubting. At least a bit.  And then they managed to pull off their BIG WIN - maybe the BIGGEST WIN EVER. So when did it actually sink in that the Patriots were... more »
February 7, 2017

Even though the party’s over, we’re still making news

Looking at the calendar, it still comes as a surprise that we're already a month into the new year - and six months since the CITC Party and Monday Mania.  While those are big events on our calendar - and we find ourselves in the news quite a bit during... more »
January 30, 2017

Answering some questions

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how proud we were to be included in Amy Dickinson's column that offered a roundup of charities she felt were worth donating to.  One of those who commented on her piece articulated some concerns about Christmas in the City. And one of our volunteers... more »
January 23, 2017

We stand with the Rizzo family

If you noticed last week, Gary Sampson was sentenced to death for the vicious murder of three completely innocent people.  One of the victims was college student Jonathan Rizzo.  Jonathan was a volunteer for Christmas in the City.  He was leaving his summer job, when a stranger approached him and asked... more »
January 16, 2017

We’re in good company

In late December, Amy Dickinson had a column in the Washington Post in which she offered her "annual roundup of charitable organizations readers should consider supporting." To our delight, Christmas in the City was one of the handful of organizations Amy gave a shout out to. We were, of course, thrilled... more »
January 9, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa in the City

Today actually is Christmas in the City. Last night, Hanukah began. Tomorrow is the start of Kwanzaa. Pretty much all is calm, all is bright here in the city of Boston. But things aren't always calm and bright for the kids that Christmas in the City helps each year. With... more »
December 25, 2016

How Optum helped make CITC 2016 a success

At Christmas in the City, we pride ourselves on being a 100% volunteer organization. Our amazing volunteers enable us to keep costs to a minimum, and the number of kids we reach to the maximum. Craig Miller is one of our 1,000+ volunteers. Part of the CITC volunteering that Craig... more »
December 24, 2016

A post-party message from our Transpo Coordinator

What a weekend! The 28th Annual Christmas in the City (and my fourth) is over! Transportation is such a crucial part of this event and ensuring every guest arrives safely and timely and leaves safely is a huge task! As one of only two people from Christmas in the City... more »
December 22, 2016

Now THAT was a party!

Where to begin? The 2016 Christmas in the City Party was spectacular. Saturday, we were hit with a storm. Despite the weather, hundreds of intrepid volunteers made there way to party central to decorate, set up, wrap toys... whatever was needed, our volunteers were there. Thank you, Saturday volunteers. Many... more »
December 19, 2016

Thank you, Senator Warren, Mayor Walsh, and Mayor Curtatone

Each year, Christmas in the City celebrates the spirit of the season: kindness, goodwill and caring for our neighbors. Although “Christmas” is our first name, the “Christmas” in Christmas in the City doesn’t represent any one religion or background. To us, it stands for a time when neighbors come together in peace... more »
December 18, 2016

Send it now with SendItLater

Here at Christmas in the City, one of the things that we're especially grateful for is our supporters - those organizations that help us put on A Party Like No Other, the annual CITC party for thousands of Boston-area kids who are homeless (which is especially tough come the holidays).... more »
December 14, 2016

Does your company make matching gifts? Let us know!

Many companies quite generously match the gifts that employees make to charitable causes. If your company is one of them, you may be able to double your gift to Christmas in the City. There's a place towards the bottom of the donation form where you can enter your company's name and... more »
December 12, 2016

A message of thanks from Jake & Sparky to the Felger & Mazz Crew

We want to thank everyone involved with the tremendous fundraising successes that Christmas in the City just had with our friends and supporters at SportsHub 98.5. The SportsHub Auction raffled off a number of terrific sports-related prizes, including: Cy Young Winner Rick Porcello signed jersey Xander Boegarts signed ball Marcus... more »
December 11, 2016

One Boston institution helps another. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a Boston institution, a venerable publisher with roots that go back nearly two hundred years. Christmas in the City is a more recent institution – we’ve been growing our roots since 1989. Two years ago, these two institutions connected, and HMH began donating books to... more »
December 8, 2016

Tonight’s the Night: CITC fundraiser at the Seaport Hotel. BE THERE! (Julian Edelman will be.)

This year, as we countdown to the annual Christmas in the City Party that makes magic for thousands of the Boston area’s neediest kids, the demand has never been greater; the costs have never been higher; and homeless families have never felt more vulnerable. And you can help meet the... more »
December 7, 2016

Christmas in the City on Social Media

Are you a Facebook addict? Someone who loves getting the scoop on Twitter? A "picture person" who lives on Instagram? Not to mention someone who loves Christmas in the City... Why not follow us on your favorite social media platforms? Especially this time of the year, when we're gearing up... more »
December 5, 2016

Exciting News from Our Friends at Charles River Apparel!

Christmas in the City is very fortunate to have such great partners and friends in Barry and Deb Lipsett at Charles River Apparel. Helping those in need is a hallmark of their company’s mission to help the community in any way possible. Many of you are familiar with their family-owned... more »
December 1, 2016

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with a donation to CITC!

You've probably been coming up with your shopping list for a while now. so if you're like a lot of us, you spent at least some of your time at the mall on Black Friday, visions of bargains dancing in your head. Not to mention visions of crossing items off of... more »
November 29, 2016

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Back in the day, when the Christmas in the City Party had real trees, they were donated by our friends at Boston Christmas Trees. These days, the Party's Christmas trees are fun and creative, but they're no longer real, live trees. So we no longer need to rely on the generosity... more »
November 27, 2016

Many thanks to all our Thanksgiving in the City donors and volunteers!

By Friday, Kennedy Brothers PT was beginning to look like a grocery store - make that a food warehouse - as Christmas in the City put on its Thanksgiving in the City hat to prepare for Saturday, when hundreds of food baskets would be distributed to members of our community... more »
November 21, 2016

An important message from Jake on our commitment to our guests

It was brought to my attention that a family slated to attend our Christmas in the City celebration has expressed fear and hesitancy to attend due to their minority status.  Let me state, unequivocally, that we welcome all, and never have - and never will - judge a human being by their... more »
November 17, 2016

Tim Cosseboom, Transportation Wunderkind

Tim Cosseboom, CITC’s Transportation Coordinator, first heard about Christmas in the City in 2012. Knowing of Tim’s interest in things transportation-related, Jean H, who’d been a bus driver for the event, mentioned it to him shortly after the Party was held. It stuck in his mind, and the next year... more »
November 14, 2016

Jake’s Thoughts on the Recent Election

Don't worry. We will survive. The sun still came up the morning after. This is a great country and we will make it. We survived a different scenario in 1968. We elected a crazed paranoid schizophrenic, who had a crooked FBI director. And we did it again in 1972, when we... more »
November 11, 2016

We’re grateful for The Gratefuls. (At the C-Note for CITC on November 19th)

For almost as long as Christmas in the City has been holding its annual party, The Gratefuls, a South Shore band, has been making music with the goal of getting the crowd up out of their seats and out onto the dance floor, singing along to some great tunes and... more »
November 9, 2016

Thanksgiving in the City: Food donations welcome! (Food donatons needed!)

This year, we'll be giving out 600 food baskets (maybe even more) to some very deserving families in need. The baskets will include a turkey and all the fixin's. (And, no, despite the picture, the turkey will NOT be live.) We'll provide the turkeys, but we want to make sure... more »
November 7, 2016

Behind the scenes at CITC

If you’ve ever planned a party – Thanksgiving dinner for the extended family, a birthday or graduation party, a major event like a wedding – you know that there’s an awful lot of behind the scenes work that goes on to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Guest lists, food,... more »
October 31, 2016

Blogging in the City

With our new web site, we’re also inaugurating our new blog. Each week, we’ll be taking a look at some aspect of our work at Christmas in the City. We’ll take you behind the scenes, and let you see exactly what goes into the making of our annual party. (Hint:... more »
October 24, 2016

Holiday Auction Fun at the Seaport Hotel

Christmas in the City volunteers really where a holiday auction was held to benefit Christmas in the City. I walked into see familiar and new faces drinking and laughing with three beautiful Christmas trees as the room’s centerpiece. With over 100 guests, the reception area was comfortable yet full. People... more »
December 15, 2013

How to Get Involved in Your Community This Holiday Season

As a senior in college, I’ve had a variety of work and internship experience, but no experience has been as meaningful as volunteering for local organizations. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and is fun to meet others who live around you. Here is a... more »
November 26, 2013

George Grey’s Lexington Toyota

Once again, we are incredibly honored to have the support of George Grey's Lexington Toyota. Their continued support has helped us make the impact we have each and every year. Be sure to check out their toy drop-off location in Lexington! Pictures from Lexington Toyota's Christmas in the City 2012... more »
November 19, 2013