by Russ Becker
The Holidays are easily a favorite time of year for many. Who wouldn’t love being surrounded by family, gifts and enough food to debilitate you straight through the New Year? But what if you took away those gifts, that food and even the home that we gather in to share this joy? This is a reality that thousands of families face each and every year as Boston’s homeless population has grown to over 17,000 individuals over the past couple of years. For these families, the holidays look and feel very different, but the entire 8th grade at Blake did what they could to share some of the joy and wonder that every child and family deserves. This past Friday a class field trip was held at Christmas in the City in downtown Boston so that our students could directly give back to this population in need. Christmas in the City is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide a gift and a Christmas experience for every homeless family in Boston. Our students worked tirelessly setting up decorations, wrapping gifts and generally doing whatever was needed to make sure the following Sunday’s event was as festive as possible. With tired legs and “Jingle Bells” caught in the heads of our students for an eternity our students returned home having known that their efforts truly made a difference at a time of year where a little extra giving goes a long way.