As we did in 2020 and 2021, we will be working this year with a limited number of shelters, bringing gifts and a festive meal provided by neighborhood restaurants, so we will not be needing the help of the thousands of volunteers who so generously give their time each year. So take a well-earned rest. We’re all hoping we’ll be back to normal in 2023 and seeing you again!
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, all of our wishlist names have been taken. We are still looking for backpack stuffers for the kids in shelters. We will also be working with hundreds of other families who are in permanent housing, but in need of some “comfort and joy” around the holidays, and are in great need of toys and gift cards for them. Click on the Toys tab to find out how you can help by donating toys. Guaranteed they’ll all find a good home.
Donate toys from our “Most Wanted List”. These will be given out at our two-day Jake’s Toy Mania event. New, unwrapped toys from are general list which are not earmarked for any specific child can be dropped off at one of our drop-off locations (including our new location at 38 Bromfield Street in Downtown Boston). Final drop off date for the remote locations is Wednesday, December 14th. If you’re dropping off at Bromfield, the date is December 16th. Here’s the list of the toys most in need. CITC – Most Wanted Toys – 2022 .
Donate smaller backpack and stocking stuffer items. CITC – Backpack and stocking stuffers for 2022 .
WISH LIST GIFTS – WRAPPED GIFTS PURCHASED FOR A SPECIFIC CHILD – SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF BY DECEMBER 2nd OR BY THE DEADLINE PROVIDED TO YOU ALONG WITH THE WISHLIST GIFT DETAILS.
I love this organization because of its general mission to support the less fortunate among us - and to do so with a 100% volunteer base.
We’re 100% volunteer run, and volunteers are the heart and soul of Christmas in the City. Because of COVID and our limited operation this year, there are no opportunities for volunteer. We hope to be fully back next year, and will be posting the volunteer positions in mid-October 2023.
One of the greatest things about volunteering for CITC is that you get the reward of knowing that you’ve helped put joy on a child’s face - a direct result of your hard effort.
Boston-area corporations support Christmas in the City through making financial donations, by buying gifts for kids attending the party, by providing volunteer teams, and by holding toy drives. Bank of America has provided us with annual grants, and their employees have, over the years, signed up for hundreds of names from our wishlist, buying and wrapping toys for kids coming to the party. Liberty Mutual used a corporate leadership training event to build dozens of bicycles, and also wrote us a generous check. With no big in-person events in 2021, our need for volunteers is limited, but we’re very much in need of toys. If your organization would like to help us out with wishlist gifts or a toy drive, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many reasons we volunteer for this amazing organization. The biggest one is the kids. There are no words to explain the feeling when you see the joy and excitement on their faces when the doors open. It reminds us all of the impact we can have when we open our hearts to those in need.
Throughout the year, friends of Christmas in the City hold fundraisers to support our mission. The Seaport Hotel usually runs fundraisers for us in both December and during the summer. Felger and Mazz run an auction to benefit Christmas in the City. One young supporter has organized a Teddy Bear Tea. Parts per Million has run band nights for us. FOR 2022, OUR ONLY NEED IS FOR TOYS. Here’s hoping that everything’s back to normal for 2023!
Never thought I could run a marathon, but CITC does so much for so many less fortunate, I wanted to join their effort helping others.
We’re always looking for organizations that can donate goods and services. Categories include food and beverage donations for guests and volunteers; entertainment; activities for children; health-related services; toys and other gifts (including gifts for mothers). Each year, Charles River Apparel donates a generous supply of clothing. The Blue Man Group entertains at the party. Ana’s Taqueria helps feed volunteers. BU Dental provides dental checkups at the Party.
This year, since we are not holding our in-person events, our needs are not as significant as usual.
I've been volunteering since the first holiday party, and what I love most about Christmas in the City is the ability and diversity of the thousands of volunteers that make our events so successful.