For many years, come December, CITC threw a party for thousands of kids and family members from families living in Boston area shelters. And what a party it was! An extravaganza featuring:
Each child, one smile at a time, got a visit with Santa, who made sure everyone received:
And we always made sure there’s a little something for the grown-ups, too.
We offered 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. Over the years, our guests have told us that the party was:
And the 2,000 volunteers who staff the party told us the same things!
Since covid struck, we haven’t been able to hold the big party, but we’re hoping to bring it back in 2024.
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.