KSA Third Thursdays – Season of Giving


Thursday night I had the winning ticket. A couple of cans of tuna and some canned vegetables gave me a ticket to the raffle for free dinners, gym membership, or possibly a shopping certificate to CambridgeSide Galleria all in the service of getting enough food donated to help fill the 800+ Thanksgiving baskets helping some of the thousands of struggling local families and individuals served by East End House’s Emergency Food Program.

Jay Felitto introducing Michael Della

But as we learned from its Executive Director, Michael Della, East End house is so much more than just Thanksgiving baskets. Beyond the turkeys and the toys for Christmas is a whole host of year round programs reading books to children, mentoring youths, helping students with their homework, sharing STEM skills and knowledge with aspiring young scientists and reaching out to homebound and isolated seniors.  A cornucopia of ways a volunteer can use their skill and knowledge to make a difference. Dignity, opportunity, and entrepreneurship are a real calling in Kendall Square.

This Third Thursday gathering of the Kendall Square Association was Hosted by BMR and Cambridgeside with copious amounts of food provided by William Kovel’s Catalyst restaurant and Fuji and PF Chang’s and Evoo and drink by Green Street…. and the list went on and on. You shoulda been there. Live jazz music by the wonderful Honeytrain Jazz Trio headed up by Jay Felitto. Our friends at the Cambridge Police Department are regular community supporters helping us showcase local, community organizations. Tonight was no different.

Last year at this time I wrote a Giving Thanks blogpost that was picked up by Seth Godin and re-published in his Squidoo Magazine Thanksgiving. It will be difficult to top that post that could have been read by thousands. Yet, if just a few people take action locally on any of the following, we will accomplish important things in our commuities:
1.    Email Michael Della and tell him how you will help make a difference volunteering even just a couple of hours a week at East End House (can you read to a small child, help do high school homework, tutor, mentor, or help with errands for seniors?)
2.    Contact Raising a Reader – and help raise literacy and show how reading books is important
3.    Share this blogpost link via your favorite social media medium and encourage your community to pitch in and help those less fortunate than you.
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Communication, amplification and getting people to respond to a call to social action –those are things for which to Give Thanks. Just plain helping others – that’s what makes a difference. By the way- I didn’t win any of the door prizes with my ticket but was happy enough distributing gifts of support and friendship.
A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Keith for the team at Kendall PRess

Here’s a short slide show of just some of the people at the event:

KSA Third Thursdays -East End House Benefit – Images by Keith Spiro

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