In December, CITC throws a party for 6,000 kids and family members from families living in Boston area shelters. And what a party! An extravaganza featuring:
Each child, one smile at a time, gets a visit with Santa, who makes sure everyone gets:
And we like to make sure there’s a little something for the grown-ups, too.
We offer the things that most of us take for granted, but are often hard to access when you’re living in a shelter:
Because these children and their families deserve a day that’s all about being welcomed and cherished, joyful, and worry-free. Our guests tell us that the party is:
And the 2,000 volunteers who staff the party tell us the same things!
All the hard work pays off when I see the smiling faces of the kids as they get off the buses and walk into the party. There’s no way to describe that feeling.
I’ve been involved with CITC for over 20 years, and the focus remains the same: how can we make this day even better and more magical for the kids? All of us – guests, volunteers - come away each year with a renewed sense of joy and hope.