For 2022, in lieu of the big party, we’ll again be hosting CITC: Delivered, bringing gifts and a meal directly to the shelters. We’ll also be hosting Jake’s Toy Mania (formerly Monday Mania) for families in need. Stay tuned for more info on Jake’s Toy Mania!

We know how to party!

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:

  • A red-carpet welcome parade
  • Live entertainment – including the Blue Man Group
  • Costume characters
  • Games
  • An indoor amusement park
  • A petting zoo
  • Tons of kid-friendly activities
  • Plenty of goodies to eat

Santa Claus is comin’ to town

Each child, one smile at a time, gets a visit with Santa, who makes sure everyone gets:

  • A personalized gift from their wish list
  • A backpack or shopping bag full of toys, stocking-stuffers, hats, mittens, gloves, t-shirts, books…

And we like to make sure there’s a little something for the grown-ups, too.

This is no ordinary party

We offer the things that most of us take for granted, but are often hard to access when you’re living in a shelter:

  • Health Screenings
  • Dental screenings
  • Flu shots
  • Haircuts

Why go all out?

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:

  • A magical experience
  • A blessing
  • A day filled with joy
  • The best day of their lives
  • A life changer

And the 2,000 volunteers who staff the party tell us the same things!

For 2022, in lieu of the large party, we will again be hosting CITC: Delivered, bringing gifts and a meal to families living in a number of the shelters we work with. 


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.

Nancy M - Volunteer: Manages all shelter relationships

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