Each winter, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston engages our generous community of supporters to help the families that we serve celebrate a joyful holiday season. One of our most successful endeavors is our annual coat drive for girls on the wait list. Having seen the need, and heard the interest from families and generous donors, we designed a web application that would help us connect those who wanted to buy a new coat, with those who needed one.
From Arizona, to Illinois, to New Hampshire, and cities and towns all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, families, individuals, and local businesses came together to donate 94 coats to girls on our wait list. In an outpouring of support for our second annual coat drive, all 94 requests for coats were fulfilled before the Christmas holiday. By New Year’s Eve, every coat had been collected or delivered to the enthusiastic Little Sisters.
Little Sister Amber from Mattapan’s mom said “Amber just loves the coat and it fits her perfectly. She cannot stop wearing [it]!”
Little Sister Amanda from Milton wrote, “Thank you so much for giving me and my sister beautiful winter coats. I only have one winter coat that I’ve been wearing for about three years! I’ve always wanted a new coat but my mom insisted I keep the one I had. It’s very sweet of you to wrap the wonderful gifts up, like a Christmas present. Thank you so much!”
And another parent told us, “My daughter is thrilled she doesn’t have to wear a hand me down jacket this year.”
Thank you to everyone who donated a coat – several who donated more than once!
Cindy Cutshall & David Downing
Jane Kepros & Nick DeLucia
Lindsay McConchie & John Kinsman
New England Aquarium
Lisa & James Redding