On Saturday, November 21st, families from all over Greater Boston kicked off the holiday season by participating in Boston Cares’ Family Volunteer Day.  Sponsored by Disney Parks and Fidelity Investments, this national day of service brought together 50 families from Greater Boston.

Volunteers made indoor recess packets for students at the John Eliot School in the North End to promote literacy and learning on those cold winter days. By the end of the day, the group had made over 800 indoor recess packets to be donated to students at the Eliot School, the Phinneas Bates School in Roslindale and the Curtis Guild Elementary School in East Boston.

Volunteers show off their indoor recess packets on Family Volunteer Day at the North End's Eliot School.
Volunteers show off their indoor recess packets on Family Volunteer Day at the North End’s Eliot School.

Boston Cares also organized family volunteers at The Lowell Wish Project. The Lowell Wish Project works with social work programs to connect goods and services with residents of the Merrimack Valley. Volunteers sorted donations and were able to benefit 1,000 families.

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One parent said, “Making the indoor recess packets was a great project. I had my daughter with me and this was her first real volunteer project. She was excited about being involved and is really looking forward to doing more volunteering.”

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