As most of you know, I am a board member for Family Promise North Shore Boston. Cardboard Box City is a very important fundraiser for us, as we are 100% privately funded and receive no federal or state money. With our network of volunteers, we shelter, feed, train, support and transition homeless families in our North Shore communities.
Each year, with many other fundraisers, we erect a Cardboard Box City in the public park here in my home town of Hamilton, MA. This raises awareness of the housing issues many families face that live in our North Shore communities, and provides critical funding in support of Family Promise's mission.
For me, personally, it also provides a great way to show my kids how fortunate they are, and how some children their age do not have a home to stay in each night. The conversations I've had with them as a direct result of our participation in this event have been both heartbreaking and heartwarming, but have made enduring the rain and mosquitoes worthwhile.
So, Tyler, Sam and I will be raising money, constructing our own "home" for the night and sleeping there, as we did last year (and hoping for decent weather this time!). Many thanks to everyone's generous support in the past, and please consider donating to this very important cause this year as well.
Here are all the ways you can help: