WBZ CARES

WBZ Cares is our public service initiative focused on local nonprofit entities, events, and causes. Each month WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will select an organization to profile.

Through news stories, public service announcements and guest appearances on NightSide with Dan Rea, we will show the hard work and dedication of our local charities.

WBZ NewsRadio has been a trusted voice in New England for more than 90 years and we would like to work with our listeners to improve the lives of New Englanders in need.

If you would like your charity to be considered, please send us an email.

This Month’s Charity

Learn to Cope

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is proud to support Christmas in the City. Each year, Christmas in the City brings holiday magic to more than 15,000 Boston-area boys and girls who are experiencing the uncertainty of homelessness and the stress of hard times. Help Christmas in the City make sure Santa brings a present for each child from their very own wish list, and shares in the joy of a true winter wonderland! To support this 100% volunteer non-profit, you can drop off toys at the Seaport Hotel or visit christmasinthecity.org.

About Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City throws a huge holiday party each year for children living in homeless shelters. Thousands of guests attend. Christmas in the City also distributes gifts to thousands of other families in need of assistance during the holiday season. They provide Thanksgiving food baskets to families who need help with putting a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the table. Their Adopt a Family program offers advice and assistance to families transitioning from shelters to their own housing. They also run the Christmas in the City Job Fair.

The Christmas in the City Difference

Christmas in the City is different from other charities that distribute holiday gifts. While toys are an important part, their focus is creating a magical moment, which becomes a lasting memory. Each child receives a gift that they personally selected, at a party which is beyond their wildest dreams.

The children are lavished with a catered lunch, a stage show, petting zoo, hands-on exhibits from local museums, carnival rides, clowns, athletes from local pro teams, and visits with Santa. Hair dressers, barbers and estheticians pamper both moms and kids. Dentists clean teeth. All this happens in a safe, festive environment.

Volunteers

Christmas in the City is an all-volunteer organization. There is no paid staff. The organization functions because thousands of people give time and money to help their neighbors. Volunteers range in age from kids in elementary schools to retirees. Each volunteer does what their circumstances allow, some giving an hour or two of time or a donation of a toy or a small check, others making substantial commitments of time and money.

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