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Thursday, December 23, 2021

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES DONATION DRIVE FOR RECENTLY ARRIVED HAITIAN FAMILIES

 MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES DONATION DRIVE FOR RECENTLY ARRIVED HAITIAN FAMILIES

SPARK Boston is working directly with City Hall to provide much-needed supplies for new Bostonians

 

BOSTON - Thursday, December 23, 2021 - Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the launch of a holiday donation drive to assist the hundreds of families who have recently arrived in Boston from the border. In partnership with the Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI) and SPARK Boston, the Mayor’s civic engagement council for millennial and Gen Z residents, donation bins have been installed in the Boston City Hall lobbies to collect household goods, including winter clothing, menstrual products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and diapers.  

“Boston has a long history of offering safety & being a home to people in crisis around the world,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “As we celebrate the holidays, let’s all do our part to welcome and assist our new Haitian neighbors and their families by donating essential supplies so everyone is safe. Thank you to all of the SPARK Boston members for their leadership in making sure our city is a place for everyone”.

From now through Friday, January 21, residents are encouraged to bring new toiletries, menstrual products, diapers, and cleaning supplies and/or gently used linens, winter clothes, cookware, and storage containers to City Hall. Donation collection bins are available at both the Congress Street entrance on the first floor and the main plaza lobby on the third floor. 

“I’m so proud of my council members for coming up with this wide-reaching initiative,” said SPARK Boston Director Audrey Seraphin upon launch. “The support we have received from the Mayor’s Office has allowed us to expand our efforts to assist our new neighbors. Hopefully, the donation drive will become an annual holiday tradition for SPARK Boston.”

All donations will be distributed directly to families in need by IFSI from their headquarters in Mattapan. The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement works closely with IFSI to provide funding, resources, and legal assistance to recent Haitian arrivals. 

Any questions about the donation drive can be directed to SPARK Boston at sparkboston@boston.gov.

ABOUT SPARK BOSTON

SPARK Boston is the Mayor’s volunteer civic engagement council for 20 to 35-year-old Bostonians dedicated to connecting young people to City of Boston leaders and one another to collaboratively build Boston’s future. 

ABOUT IMMIGRANT FAMILY SERVICES INSTITUTE (IFSI)

IFSI’s mission is to expedite the successful integration of recent immigrants into the social and economic fabric of the United States with justice and dignity. Immigrant Family Services Institute provides targeted academic support and enrichment services, using a holistic approach that addresses the unique challenges of immigrant children as a way to maximize their full potential in school and beyond. In addition, IFSI advocates for immigrant rights, most recently addressing current TPS recipients by helping with alternative paths to citizenship and providing accurate and timely information about and responses to new developments.

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