It’s tough for struggling families all year round, but it’s especially difficult around the holiday season, when everyone’s bustling around, when the stores are full to bursting, and when no one wants their kids to be left out. So the day after our holiday party, we host Monday Mania.
Plenty of local families aren’t living in shelters. That’s the good news. The less good news: many of them still need a bit of help, especially around the holidays. Nobody wants to disappoint kids who’ve already had plenty of disappointment in their lives. So, beginning in early December, we register families with a demonstrated need and assign them a time to go shopping. At Monday Mania, we stock our shelves with new, toys, sports equipment, books, clothing and other goodies – all donated thanks to the generosity of our supporters – and have families fill their shopping bags (for free, of course). We even make sure there are gift cards for the older kids who’ve outgrown dolls and trucks.
Each year at Monday Mania, we distribute upwards of 25,000 items to deserving families. And we even make sure they get plenty of wrapping paper.
Everyone deserves to have fun at Christmas! And year after year, this huge team of CITC volunteers just makes that happen for a lot of great kids.
All 2020 Live Events Canceled
Due to COVID-19, all live events for 2020 are canceled. However, we are STILL helping shelters celebrate the holidays. Although we will not be holding our traditional public events this year, we remain steadfast in our commitment to helping Boston area families in need.
We are working directly with a number of the shelters to make sure that families experiencing homelessness will still have a joyful holiday season. So we are still in need of financial donations, as well as wishlists and other items for the families and for the shelters we’re working with.
You’ll find information on how you can get involved here. This is a work in progress! Over the next month or so, we’ll be supplying more detail on our needs, drop off locations, etc. And financial donations are always welcome.