The City of Everett’s Office of Human Services recently received several donations to its Holiday Assistance Program for Everett families. Due to the generous support from local businesses and residents, each year Human Services is able to provide Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, holiday meals and emergency services support to hundreds of local families, children, and seniors.
And this year is no exception. Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Human Services Director, Carolyn Lightburn, were pleased to accept Thanksgiving bags, filled with all the necessities for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as winter weatherization kits for homes, from a joint venture of the Everett Kiwanis Club and Distrigas.
Carol Churchill, on behalf of Distrigas, also graciously presented the Office of Human Services with $5000 toward this year’s Emergency Services Program, which will assist Everett families in need of heating and utility assistance.
Human Services also received a charitable donation from the WHISH Committee at the Cambridge Health Alliance. The WHISH Committee raised $1000 to assist with the Human Services Thanksgiving Baskets.
“I am so humbled by the donations our Office of Human Services receives each year,” states Mayor DeMaria, “The holiday season can often be challenging, especially during these economic times. While assistance from other agencies may have been reduced, the City of Everett’s Holiday Assistance Program remains strong – and that is a tribute to our amazing business community and our compassionate residents.”
The Office of Human Services welcomes donations throughout the holiday season. For those looking to contribute, mark your calendars for Thursday evening, December 13th, when the City will be holding a Human Services Holiday Fundraiser at the 8/10 Bar and Grille. Monetary and gift card donations will be collected to benefit Human Services’ Holiday and Emergency Services Program.