Italian Home is so thankful and fortunate to have generous supporters, like you!
Every year, we are overwhelmed by the support and good will from the community to ensure our children have a special holiday season. The children we serve in our Residential Program, Community-Based Programs, and Pallotta School have mental health concerns, trauma histories, and/or learning disabilities. We work to ensure the trauma and differences do not define their lives, and this includes the Holiday season. By gifting toys, items, and experiences, it will not only fill the kids Holiday spirit, but help them play, learn, socialize, and cope during tough times.
During the 2021 Holiday Season, Italian Home is distributing gifts to over 500 youth and families in the Greater Boston area and the Southeast Region.
If you are in a position to do so, we ask that you take a look at the list below for gift ideas or make a financial contribution to support our work all year long. We truly appreciate any item you would like to purchase from this list or any amount of financial contribution, no matter how small.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking that you make efforts to have gifts delivered to Italian Home instead of dropping them off in person. Gifts can be shipped to:
Italian Home for Children, Attn: Tara Kielty
1125 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
If you are unable to ship gifts this year, unwrapped, new gifts can be dropped off at our Administrative Office with advanced notice. To arrange a dropoff, please contact Tara Kielty at email@example.com. The last day we are able to accept items for the Holiday Drive is Wednesday, December 15th.
In addition to the items on our Amazon Wishlist, the kiddos in our residential care, community-based programs, and school would love:
- Winter clothing
- Batteries for toys
- Wrapping paper and tape
- New England Revolution tickets or membership
- Red Sox tickets or gift cards
- Patriots tickets or gift cards
- New England Aquarium tickets or membership
- Museum of Science, Boston tickets or membership
- Legoland tickets
- SkyZone tickets
- Ropes Course tickets
- Dave & Busters gift cards
- XtremeCraze gift cards
- Boston Children's Museum tickets
- King's Bowling gift cards
- Zoo New England tickets or memberships
- Showcase Cinemas gift card
- AMC Theatre gift card
- Pop/Hip Hop concert tickets
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact us, we also are always in need of PPE and cleaning supplies:
- KN-95 masks
- Disposable gloves
- Disinfecting wipes
- Hand sanitizer
Please note, we are not able to accept:
- Toys for babies, infants, or toddlers
- Toy weapons (nerf guns, toy swords, etc.)
- Toys that have been wrapped
- Opened or used toys
- Movies, games, or books depicting violence