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Eblast, October 20, 2020

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

HOW TO HELP THIS WEEK: DELIVER FOOD, DONATE CLOTHING, PROVIDE THANKSGIVING MEALS, MAKE MASKS


Dear Neighbors,


This weekend, NNHN was the proud and grateful recipient of the West Suburban YMCA’s 2020 Community Partner award.This award recognizes the many critical ways in which our community of individuals and organizations has come together to support one another. Our collective impact is certainly unmistakable through the many numbers we have shared with you these past 6 months: more than 1,000 food deliveries to neighbors, 924 face masks sewn for children in K-12, over 400 requests fulfilled through our Facebook page and Google form, and dozens of families supported through porch drives for food, clothing, baby supplies, and toys.


But the true impact of NNHN – the impact of your efforts – is best understood in the words of neighbors who have benefited in myriad ways as part of our “living organism of community members.” In the words of one NNHN neighbor who recently completed our survey, “It helps to understand the various needs that [are] going on in these unusual times and also helps to know we have help around and we can offer help as well.”


In the spirit of continuing to support each other, we are reminding you of a few ongoing requests for support. This week you can sign up to deliver food, donate winter clothing, support a local family with a Thanksgiving meal, or sew masks. Check out these opportunities below!


  1. Deliver food to neighbors from food pantries in Newton. Sign up here for November and December slots. With our deliveries from local food pantries and the Grab ’n Go meal program to date, NNHN has surpassed our 1,000 delivery milestone. The need continues, so let’s keep it going!


  1. The Second Step: We continue to collect winter clothing for this 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 in this link, 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

Additional family: 51 Hyde Street, Newton Highlands


  1. Cradles to Crayons: Help make this organization’s annual Give Back with an Outfit Pack a success by donating clothing through either Outfit Packs or Pajama-Sock-and-Underwear Packs. 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 https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/gbwop/.


  1. Coats for Kids: Anton’s Cleaners, in collaboration with Franklin Elementary School, is continuing to collect winter coats until November 13. 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, csun@newtonhousing.org, 617-862-1217, or Rebecca Camargo, rcamargo@newtonhousing.org, 617-552-5501

  2. Sew masks: As Covid cases are unfortunately rising, so is the demand for masks. Do you have a sewing machine? Join our team of mask makers, all working hard to fill the demand for face masks for schoolkids. We’ll give you pre-cut masks to assemble. Please click on this link to sign up to sew, and for information on purchasing and donating baby bands needed to make masks for children.

Thank you! Every one of you deserves the Community Partners award. Onward!


Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors


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