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.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR 2020:
The Boston Globe Santa provides toys to families in need in the Boston area. You can apply for gifts for your family here. PLEASE APPLY BEFORE THANKSGIVING DAY (Thursday, November 26th).
Greater Boston Marine Toys for Tots offers help in Suffolk, Norfolk and North Plymouth Counties, providing toys exclusively to churches, qualified charitable organizations, and social service agencies. If you are an individual family, please contact a non-profit organization, social services agency, or church in your immediate area and register with them to request toys from our program. ORGANIZATIONS MUST REQUEST TOYS BY MONDAY NOVEMBER 23rd.
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.