Monday, January 17, 2011

Giving Back: Volunteering to Help Others

Donating Clothing for Boston Health Care for the Homeless

By Risa

A few weeks earlier four of us—Lilly, Maya, Kaya and me—donated winter clothing in a benefit for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless. We used some of the money we’d raised to buy new pieces of winter clothing like hats and gloves and scarves and mittens. (They wanted items of clothing that were new, not used.) Then we got to go skating at the amazing huge rink at Bright Arena at Harvard University.

This was our way of showing support for the terrific work of Boston Health Care.

Last spring we were a part of its spring drive to get lots of white socks for people who they treat who are homeless. Eliza, especially, got lots of people to donate socks as part of her bat mitzvah project at her temple and the rest of us convinced some of our friends to donate socks, too. After we gathered several big bags of socks, we took them to the main building of Boston Health Care for the Homeless. And Dr. Jim O’Connell, who has directed Boston Health Care for the Homeless for more than two decades, gave us a tour of the new facilities across the street from Boston Medical Center.

We learned about all of the ways the staff of doctors and nurses and dentists and social workers take care of people who are homeless. So when we heard about this clothing drive, we wanted to do what we could to help.

All of us had a great time at the skating event, and we felt great about donating the clothes to the homeless. We even got to take pictures with Santa! It was a great way to spend a few hours of our weekend— hanging out, skating, and helping a great cause.