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Eblast, October 14, 2020

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Dear Neighbors,

Signs of fall are all around us, in the orange, red, and yellow leaves. We live in such a beautiful community! Equally beautiful is watching how, in the seven months since the founding of Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors, you have continued, with great enthusiasm, to support your neighbors. Whether you are working away at sewing machines making almost 1,000 masks for K-12 students, running over to CVS to pick up medication for a sick neighbor, washing laundry loads for your neighbors, or providing advice and support on our page, we are so thankful for you!

In the spirit of continuing to support each other, we are reaching out with five ways you can help this week!

  1. The Second Step: We are organizing a winter clothing drive for The Second Step, a community of survivors, advocates, and volunteers who foster the safety, stability, and well-being of those who have experienced domestic violence. Please donate clean, untorn items only in the sizes requested, and label each donation with size and gender of clothing. Dropoff: Girls’ items: 97 Lake Avenue, Newton Centre Boys’ items: 991 Beacon St, Newton Centre

  1. Cradles to Crayons: This terrific organization is organizing their annual Give Back with an Outfit Pack, asking community friends to donate clothing through either Outfit Packs or Pajama-Sock-and-Underwear Packs. This a fun way to get your family involved in supporting a child in Newton or beyond. When you sign up, you’ll get a shopping tag that represents a child and the clothing required. You can provide gently used clothing, new clothing, or a combination of both for the Outfit Packs. The Pajama-Sock-and-Underwear Packs are all brand-new items. To find out more and sign up, go to

  1. Coats for Kids: Anton’s cleaners, in collaboration with Franklin Elementary School, is running a Coats for Kids drive until November 13. This year in particular will be difficult for financially strained families, so let’s clean out those closets and share our coats! Anton’s accepts all warm winter coats – kids, adults, and babies – in good, wearable condition. Please donate coats you would give a friend to wear: no rips or tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains. Don’t forget to empty out all the pockets! No snow pants, hats, boots, etc. Donations are not being accepted at Franklin School; instead drop off your coats at 17 Llewellyn Road in West Newton.

  1. Support a Family this Thanksgiving: Funds this holiday season are tighter than ever for families in low-income housing programs in Newton. While you can’t invite them to share in your feast, you can help provide all the groceries and ingredients a family in Newton might need for a Thanksgiving holiday meal. If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please contact: Cipher Sun,, 617-862-1217, or Rebecca Camargo,, 617-552-5501

  1. Crisis Farming: The Essential Work of Feeding a Community: Join Newton Community Farm for this special online event on Tuesday, October 20, 7:30 pm, featuring an insightful conversation with Farm Manager Greg Maslowe on the current challenges facing small community farms. The Mother Earth Podcast host and environmental lawyer Matt Pawa will interview Greg about how NCF has adapted and thrived during the pandemic, and the role that the Farm plays in addressing local food insecurity. We know that you’ll be inspired to keep our unique local farm strong and sustainable. This event is FREE and open to all. Pre-registration is required. Two lucky registrants will win food/farming book bundles from Newtonville Books. Please invite your friends and family, and help spread the word! Thank you to our premier sponsor The Village Bank and to our community partners Green Newton and Archstone Law Group. If you would like to contribute toward NCF’s fundraising goal, you can make your donation here.

Did you see this article in the Newton TAB about NNHN? To update the information since publication, we have fielded over 400 requests for assistance over the past seven months, and nearly 1,000 masks have been sewn by members of this community and a sewing group in Lexington. Thank you all again – we could never have done it without you!

Onward with gratitude,

Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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