This time of year is often called the Season of Hope. And no matter the challenges we face each year, there is always reason for optimism as we head into a new year.
But for many children and families in Greater Boston, their hopes this year are the same as they were last year, and the year before, and the year before. A loving home, food on the table, warmth during the cold winter months, and maybe a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning.
At CTP, we’re grateful again this year for the opportunity to help fulfill some of those hopes and wishes thanks to our partnership with Friends of the Children – Boston, an organization that embodies purpose. Through partnerships with schools, community organizations and the foster care system in Boston, Friends identifies children ages 4-6 who face the most severe forms of adversity. Typically more than half have experienced homelessness, don’t have enough to eat, and have a parent with substance abuse problems. Friends provides them with mentorship and support from kindergarten through high school graduation.
We’ve had the privilege of helping to support some of the children (Achievers) and their Mentors over the years. Nothing makes me more proud of our CTP team than seeing all the shopping, wrapping and delivering that happens each December. It brings us joy knowing that in a small way, we’ve brought a bit of happiness to some children in Boston who otherwise might not have had much this holiday season.
So as we gather in our office this week to load our SUVs and make deliveries to our friends at Friends, I realize that no matter what happens over the course of a year, the magic of the holiday season will continue to shine brightest through the eyes of children.