Many Contributors Bring Success to 2013 Day of Thanks
On Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, dozens of volunteers, Mission staff, and local leaders gathered to celebrate our 21st Annual Day of Thanks by providing hundreds of complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. With the help of many generous donors, dozens of our food pantry recipients and families of our residents received Thanksgiving baskets filled with turkeys and all the trimmings to take home to their own dinner tables.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino attended the event with Boston's First Lady Angela Menino as they have done for nearly 20 years. They joined Massachusetts Department of Corrections Commissioner Luis Spencer, Emergency Shelter Commission Director James Greene, Bonnie Murphy, General Manager of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail, and other local leaders to say a few words of inspiration to a gathered audience.
"They've made great gains over the years rebuilding people's lives" said Menino of the Mission. "You hear the speakers today--those young people, realizing they made a mistake. Now they're rebuilding their lives, being productive parts of our society" he added.
Event attendees were treated to several musical performances. Students from Mannes, The New School of Music in New York performed a duet on violin and classical guitar, and sang Climb Ev'ry Mountain from The Sound of Music and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel. Later, a capella group Boston Found treated guests and residents to three inspirational pieces. All clips are posted on the Mission's Youtube channel. See our photo gallery also.
From left: Bonnie Murphy, Jim Greene, Mayor Tom Menino, and Angela Menino serve Thanksgiving dinner.
Hundreds of churches, businesses, schools, and individuals contribute valuable gifts of time, food, and financial resources to make this event a success. Many of our regular contributors appear below. If you would like to contribute time, talents, food, or other resources to the Mission, please contact our volunteer coordinator Mauricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-338-9000, x1230. Thank you for your compassion!